The City of Camdenton has received clarification from the Camden County Health Department following Camden County's repeal of the stay-at-home order. Residents urged to follow Governor's guidelines and maintain their 6 ft social distance.
The City of Camdenton, in an effort to alleviate the confusion and answer the many questions concerning Camden County press release rescinding their order, reached out to the Camden County Health Department. We want to make sure that there is a level playing field between those businesses in the County and those in the City. The City posed the following questions to the Camden County Health Department and here are their responses:Is the Governor’s Stay at Home order still in effect in Camden County? County Health Department Response: Yes, the Governor's order is still in effect in Camden County. No County or City government has the authority to rescind the Governor's order. He specifically addressed that with Dr Williams of the State Health Dept yesterday in his press briefing. Counties and Cities have the authority to draft orders that are MORE stringent than the Governor's order, but they cannot be LESS stringent. Can hairdressers, massage therapists, nail salons, etc. be open as of this date?
County Health Department Response: This is where things are a bit contradictory. The DHSS guidance says (Remember that Dr Williams who actually signed the Governor's order is the Director of DHSS): "Do Workplaces that Do not Qualify as Essential Businesses have to close? No. Businesses that are not covered by the guidance from the CISA agency discussed in the order may remain open but must comply with the social gathering and social distance requirements of the order. This means that no more than 10 individuals can occupy a single space, this includes both employees and customers. Individuals must also maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others. Employees must also practice good hygiene and sanitation to limit the spread of COVID19." I do not know how you would maintain 6 ft distance in these jobs. Additionally, the first section of the Governor's order says the individuals are not to leave their homes except for essentials like food, medicine, groceries, work, etc. So, the businesses can be open, but the people are not supposed to go there. Quite confusing and contradictory in my mind. Honestly, I would have no problem with them doing business if they can maintain their services in this fashion.Can restaurants and bars be open (Dine In) to the public as of this date?
County Health Department Response: Same DHSS guidance applies to the restaurants and bars as above. They can be open for dining in but can only have 10 people in a single space and that includes their employees. So, if they have 5 employees, they can only have 5 diners who are seated 6 ft apart (unless they are a family or group of course). They could seat 10 on their patio and 10 inside. Again though, Section 7 of the actual order says "Every person shall avoid eating or drinking at restaurants, bars, or food courts; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed throughout the duration of this order." Again, the businesses can be open, but the individuals are not supposed to go there. Very contradictory.Can real Estate Offices be open to the public as of this date?
County Health Department Response: Real Estate offices would probably be the easiest of these. I think Real Estate is considered Essential Service by CISA due to the nationwide housing shortage. That is why building material stores and land titling services are also considered Essential. They would still be required to maintain their 6 ft social distance when they are dealing with clients, but the number of people in their offices would vary based on the size of their office and the number of people their fire code allows. Most of them are smaller and work in a more individualized manner, so I can't see that they would have a big crowd at their office.
We urge you to continue to follow the Governor’s guidelines and to make good decisions about your own personal safety. It is the responsibility of the Camden County Health Department to enforce the Governor’s orders.