Health dept calls on non-essential retail to close

From Local Sources

JASPER — In an effort to limit close person-to-person contact amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dubois County Health  Department is asking for the voluntary closure of non-essential retail businesses.

This includes:

-All non-essential retail businesses, which includes but is not limited to, nail salons, spas, cosmetology/barber shops, liquor stores, body art/tattoo establishments, tanning salons, massage and acupuncture establishments, electronic stores, department stores, hobby/craft stores, automotive dealerships, furniture stores, clothing stores, retail stores, and any other in-person retail businesses.

-This does not prohibit the operation of essential retail business. Essential retail business includes but is not necessarily limited to health care facilities, pharmacies, facilities that sell food products, gas stations, auto repair shops, including automotive dealership repair operations, factories, hardware stores, telecommunications stores, and other essential retail.

-This does not prohibit the operation of drive-thru, takeout, curb-side and delivery services, provided that social distancing (at least six 6 feet away from other people) and limiting gatherings to fewer than 10 people.

In a press release the county health department said that it understands this will have an impact on the community and encourages all retail business that can close to do so.

According to the release, COVID-19 is spreading in the State of Indiana and everyone needs to do their part to help prevent its spread. The better we do at preventing the spread, the less impact it will have on us long-term. These measures are critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in the community. As long as the community continues to work with us, we will make an impact.

According to the release, the department intends to be proactive, not reactive to the ongoing public health pandemic.

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