Benton County Health Dept Public Health Order

April 29, 2020

The Benton County Health Department has reviewed and adopted the Public Health Order issued 27 April, 2020, by the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). This order goes into effect at 12:01 A.M. 04 May, 2020 and runs through 31 May, 2020, unless extended by the Director of DHSS. Phase 1 of Governor Parson’s Show me Strong Recovery Plan allows for businesses to begin reopening with certain provisions that must be met as part of a continued effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. (SEE ORDER BELOW)

Food Establishments may reopen dining rooms with the following provisions:
1. Social Distancing must be regulated. Tables must be spaced so that social distancing of six feet (6’) is maintained between patrons dining at adjacent tables and individuals in the establishment, to include staff members.
2. Bars may re-open, provided that strict social distancing is enforced as previously listed.
3. No more than 10 people are allowed in a single party/per table.
4. No communal tables are allowed.
5. Self Service Food Items such as fountain drink dispensers, roller grills, buffets, and salad bars are to remain closed to community access. (Food establishment staff may utilize these items if they are capable of providing the service to the customer rather than self-service.)

Food Establishments are encouraged to:
1. Continue vigorous sanitation practices, sanitizing frequently and between customers.
2. Provide disposable menus.
3. Wear appropriate PPE to include masks and gloves when serving customers and receiving payment, making sure to change gloves between customers, while frequently washing hands with soap and water for a minimum of twenty (20) seconds.
4. Continue drive through, curb-side, pick up, carry out, and/or delivery as preferred business method.
5. Perform pre-shift employee screenings, temperature self-checks, and ensure sick or symptomatic employees do not come to work.

Respectfully,

Richard Hamby
Environmental Public Health Specialist
Benton County Health Department
PO Box 935
Warsaw, MO 65355

PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER 2020-1-4
Local public health authorities are being directed to carry out and enforce the provisions of this Order by means of civil proceedings. Provisions of this order are outlined below.
The Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, finding it necessary to protect public health and prevent the further spread of COVID-19, pursuant to the authority granted under section 192.020, RSMo, and 19 CSR 20-20.040, hereby order the following:

1. When individuals leave their homes or places of residence to work, to access food, health care, necessities, or to engage in other activities, they should at all times practice social distancing. Individuals may go to and from an individual’s place of worship, provided that limitations on social distancing are properly adhered to.

2. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every person and business in the State of Missouri shall abide by social distancing requirements, including maintaining six feet (6′) of space between individuals. This provision shall not apply to family members or individuals performing job duties that require contact with other people closer than six feet (6′). Individuals performing job duties that require contact with other people closer than six feet (6′) should take enhanced precautionary measures – to mitigate the risks of contracting or spreading COVID-19. This provision shall apply in all situations, including, but not limited to, when customers are standing in line or individuals are using shared indoor or outdoor spaces.

3. In accordance with the guidelines from the President, the CDC, and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, people shall not visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, or assisted living homes unless to provide critical assistance or in end-of-life circumstances. Elderly or otherwise vulnerable populations should take enhanced precautionary measures to mitigate the risks of contracting COVID-19.

4. Any entity that employs individuals that is engaged in retail sales to the public, shall limit the number of individuals in any particular retail location as follows:

(1) Twenty-five (25) percent or less of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy, as set by local authorities, for a retail location with square footage of less than ten thousand square feet (10,000 ft²)
(2) Ten (10) percent or less of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy, as set by local authorities, for a retail location with square footage of ten thousand square feet (10,000 ft²) or more.

5. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic school year. At the discretion of the school district, nothing in this Order shall prohibit school teachers, school staff, students, and parents from reentering school buildings in order to work, retrieve personal belongings, or return school property as long as limitations on social distancing are properly adhered to. Summer school may proceed under guidelines set forth by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Notwithstanding section 2 of this Order, nothing in this Order shall prohibit daycares, child care providers, or schools from providing child care in accordance with CDC guidelines. Further, this Order does not prohibit schools from providing Food and Nutritional Services for those children that qualify.

6. Restaurants may offer dining-in services, provided that the limitations on social distancing and other precautionary public health measures, including proper spacing of at least six feet (6′) between tables, lack of communal seating areas to parties that are not connected, and having no more than ten (10) people at a single table, are properly adhered to. The continued use of drive- thru, pickup, or delivery options is encouraged throughout the duration of this Order.

7. State office buildings shall be open to the public as soon as practicable, and essential state functions shall continue. The State Capitol Building shall remain open to the public during meetings or proceedings of the General Assembly.

8. Pursuant to section 44.101, RSMo, this Order shall not be construed to prohibit or restrict the lawful possession, transfer, sale, transportation, storage, display, or use of firearms or ammunition during the declared state of emergency, subject to the provisions set forth herein.

Pursuant to section 192.290, RSMo, this Order shall be observed throughout the state and enforced by all local and state health authorities; provided however, nothing herein shall limit the right of local authorities to make such further ordinances, rules, regulations, and orders not inconsistent with this Order which may be necessary for the particular locality under the jurisdiction of such local authorities.

Local public health authorities are hereby directed to carry out and enforce the provisions of this Order by any legal means.

This Order shall be in effect beginning 12:01 A.M., Monday, May 4, 2020, and shall remain in effect until 11:59 P.M., Sunday, May 31, 2020, unless extended by further order of the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services with said extensions not to exceed the duration of the effective period of Executive Order 20-09.

Linda Viebrock, Administrator
Benton County Health Department