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St. Joseph County Issues New Public Health Order, 2-2020, Effective Through September 7 Extending Face Coverings in Public Spaces

Published Monday, June 29, 2020 12:00 pm

The following new order, St. Joseph County Public Health Order 2-2020 is issued. As the  St. Joseph County Public Health Authority, pursuant to the authority granted by Indiana Codes 16- 20-1 et seq. and 16-41-9 et seq., in the interest of protecting all St. Joseph County residents, and reducing the spread of communicable disease, specifically the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), I order the following to take effect throughout St. Joseph County, Indiana, beginning July 4, 2020 through September 7, 2020:

  • Any business establishment open to customers shall make alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol readily accessible at the entrance and in proximity to high-touch surfaces.
  • A face covering over one's nose and mouth shall be required for any persons entering an enclosed public space or enclosed place of business, unless such persons have a medical exception indicating that a face covering is ill-advised for health reasons, or the face covering prevents the persons from delivering or receiving goods or services. The face covering shall be worn at all times when physical distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained.
  • Exceptions include but are not limited to any person who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance. Examples of such exceptions include but are not limited to individuals with respiratory conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease; severe anxiety; autism; cerebral palsy; 2 years of age or younger.

Read Complete Public Health Order 2-2020