County adopts new Phase II mitigation rules through July 15

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Source control masking required for personal services

The Barry County Health Department and its Board of Trustees have issued new rules effective June 26 through July 15 to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the county.

As of Tuesday afternoon, cases in the county had tripled in the past 10 days. With 36 total cases, 8 people were in isolation, 28 had recovered and 27 people were quarantined as close contacts with a positive case.

Due to the recent hike in cases, the Health Department has issued the following rules for all persons, organizations, and businesses, effective June 26 through July 15:

• Source control masking – Service providers/servers wearing a cloth or surgical style mask is required when providing personal services where physical distancing is not practicable. These services include, but are not limited to;

- Dine-in food and/or beverage service

- Tanning salons and services, nail services, spa type services, therapeutic massage (unless under the care of a physician.)

- Hair cutting, styling, washing, or coloring services.

- Other types of non-physician dermatological services.

- Body decoration/modification services, including tattooing, piercing, branding, scarification, shaping, implants, scalpelling, and painting.

The following are strongly suggested practices to lessen the chance of contracting COVID-19.

• Enhanced Hygiene Practices – Owners and organizers are responsible to ensure surfaces that are frequently touched must be wiped with an appropriate antimicrobial solution that is allowed to air dry between individual users. An easy way to do this is using a bleach solution (1/3 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water) in a spray bottle, sprayed on the surface and not wiped.

• Physical Distancing – Separation of persons or groups by a minimum of 6 feet) is recommended at all times.

• All buildings open to the public — including all businesses, government offices, organizations, agencies, and places of worship — may return to maximum occupancy, as allowed by regulation or ordinance.

• Persons at High Risk – Cloth face coverings are recommended at all times when in public or physical distancing (greater than 6 feet) cannot be maintained. Persons who are greater 65 years of age, who are immunocompromised or have chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and should follow the CDC guidance on face coverings. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/groups-at-highe... risk.html.

Pursuant to Section 192.300 RSMo and CSR 20-20.050(3), the Board of Trustees of the Barry County Health Department are authorized and have promulgated orders intended to enhance the public health and prevent the infectious, contagious, communicable, or dangerous diseases, such as the COVID-19 virus, in the County.

The Barry County Health Department is authorized to promulgate such mandatory or advisory rules, policies, and guidance as is necessary and appropriate to implement the Order. Mandatory rules and policies so promulgated shall have the force of law to the greatest extent possible.

These rules are a phased community mitigation process that allow businesses to return to full operations while managing the likelihood COVID-19 spread in our community. If these rules are not complied with or prove ineffective, the Health Department reserves the right to institute additional and more stringent mandatory rules.

The Barry County Health Department, pursuant Section 192.300 RSMo and CSR 20-20.050(3), may order businesses not compliant with these orders to remain closed for a time, as determined by the Department, sufficient to ensure all appropriate control measures are instituted. Additionally, the Barry County Health Department, upon notice of non-compliance with these Orders may initiate legal action to seek a court judgement to ensure compliance.

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