COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Coronavirus well being orders overlaying Columbia and Boone County are set to run out at midday Wednesday, ending a 14-month interval with orders in place.
Nickie Davis, government director of Columbia’s Downtown Group Enchancment District, mentioned in an e-mail that whereas many companies are longing for the well being order to finish, others are fearful it could result in rising coronavirus circumstances and one other lockdown.
Davis mentioned many companies will nonetheless ask their clients to put on a masks and her group is advising residents to verify in with a enterprise earlier than going there.
A number of Columbia companies are posting about precautions they’re taking over their social media pages. Many say they’ll nonetheless require masks inside their companies.
Columbia had been underneath a masks requirement since final summer time, when the town council authorised the mandate. The well being division later integrated the masks requirement into well being orders and prolonged it to all of Boone County.
The county and metropolis have been underneath orders since March 20, 2020 — just a few days after the state’s first coronavirus-related dying was reported in Boone County.
Metropolis and county leaders mentioned final week that the low variety of new coronavirus circumstances and the excessive price of vaccination in Boone County assist the choice to let the well being orders expire. Along with a masks mandate, the orders required companies to make use of social distancing.
Officers justified the orders as a strategy to reduce the pressure on native hospitals, which have been treating dozens of coronavirus sufferers throughout the peak of the pandemic. Solely two Boone County residents have been hospitalized as of Tuesday with COVID-19 and the typical variety of each day circumstances was at 9, according to the county’s coronavirus dashboard.
The Columbia/Boone County well being division mentioned Wednesday it’s nonetheless encouraging residents and companies to keep using coronavirus precautions such as social distancing and mask wearing.
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