Springfield amends Road to Recovery order to allow bars, others to reopen
After a month of required closures, Springfield and Greene County's bars, movie theaters, fitness classes, pools, churches and music venues will be allowed to open with limited occupancy, starting immediately.
Mayor Ken McClure announced Thursday the city would be updating rules designed to stop the spread of coronavirus to allow up to 25 people to congregate while keeping at least six feet between them — an increase from 15 people outlined in a previous document.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划Businesses also must adhere to occupancy guidelines outlined by a formula in the previous order.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划Hours later, county commissioners passed their own rules that largely mirror those of the city except they allow people to hold in-person worship services in unincorporated Greene County without any occupancy restrictions. Those rules require that places of worship
- screen all staff before coming into church for symtpoms
- require staff to stay home if they are sick
- leave time before the end of one service and before the beginning of another to allow time for cleaning
- ensure physical distancing of six feet at all times
- keep at least one row and two empty seats between parties that aren't from the same household.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划At a news conference earlier in the day announcing city regulations, county health department director Clay Goddard said he felt more comfortable loosening restrictions after tests of 146 asymptomatic, essential workers came back negative. Fifty-four tests have still not been returned.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划The county will also soon have internal capacity to test known contacts of positive cases and local hospitals could test some people internally — important steps in understanding the prevalence of local infections, he said.
But people should not get complacent with all the good news, Goddard added, especially those in considered at highest risk of getting sick, such as people over 60, those who have chronic health conditions and people with compromised immune systems.
"This disease is still out there," he said. "We are going to have to, as a community, be on guard for this."
幸运飞艇跟人工计划McClure noted as people begin to gather, there is an increased risk of spread. So he said people should be cognizant of social distancing and continue to exercise caution.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划Part of that responsibility is making sure people don't travel to more heavily impacted areas, Goddard added. Most of Greene County's early cases were the result of out-of-state or international travel.
"I would not encourage non-essential travel," he said. "We do still worry about imported cases."
Goddard said local officials also planned on releasing a more detailed "road map" of future recovery measures sometime next week.
Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email at email@example.com or join the conversation on Twitter where his handle is @WyattWheeler_NL.