COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
The new Columbia/Boone County health order is officially in effect with a number of modifications in place for bars, eating places and enormous gatherings.
A part of the brand new well being order permits bars and eating places to function underneath regular companies hours and resume bar and buffet service. The brand new orders now requires all gatherings or gathering locations to be restricted to 50 individuals as an alternative of 20.
Native bars and eating places say they’re seeing a rise in enterprise since after the earlier well being order modification, which allowed bars and eating places to stay open till midnight as an alternative of 10:30 p.m.
Matt McGee, proprietor of On the Rocks in downtown Columbia, mentioned the brand new extension may assist unfold out enterprise and permit for extra clients all through the evening.
“There’s a chance that now that we’re open till 1 (a.m.) that may assist lengthen a few of the enterprise and unfold it out a bit bit so the desk availability is healthier all through the evening,” he mentioned.
Ian Cody, the final supervisor of Worldwide Faucet Home additionally mentioned there was extra enterprise for the reason that earlier order and expects this replace to maintain benefiting enterprise.
“There has undoubtedly been extra enterprise,” he mentioned. “So long as individuals do their half, keep distant, put on their masks I feel it will be superior.”
Sara Humm with the Columbia/Boone County Well being Division mentioned though modifications have been made to the well being order, a masks mandate and social distance requirement stay in place.
“We encourage of us to proceed to assist us transfer ahead as a result of we’re not out of this but and though we see a bit bit of sunshine on the finish of the tunnel we won’t completely let our guard down,” she mentioned.
Boone County, like the remainder of the state, has skilled dropping coronavirus case charges and hospitalizations over the previous a number of weeks. The county had 86 lively instances as of Wednesday with simply three Boone County residents hospitalized with COVID-19.
The five-day average of new coronavirus cases has plummeted to round 10 after hitting almost 170 in November.
The brand new well being order is about to run out at 11:59 a.m. on March 24, until prolonged, rescinded or modified previous to such expiration.
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