Miller County COVID rules rescinded

Restaurants to enjoy biggest impact by rule change

Lake Ozark businesses have received a three-day head start on opening their doors – with restrictions -- to meet state COVID-19 recommendations.

Miller County Health Center Director Mike Herbert rescinded an extension of the Health Center’s order issuing additional restrictions to the Gov. Mike Parson’s Stay-at-Home order effective at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 30.

That means that all Miller County businesses – including those in Lake Ozark – don’t have to wait until Monday to adhere to the state’s guidelines.

Miller County, like ALL Missouri counties, will continue to be under the Governor’s Stay at Home order until midnight on May 3.

On May 4, the state will be operating under a new set of orders by Governor Parson. All businesses may be open for business, including restaurants and salons, but with some limitations.

 

What will be different between May 1 and May 4?

The only difference is that restaurants may now – as per the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services -- provide dine-in services, but can only have 10 people or less within the restaurant for dining service, and must maintain at least six feet of distance between all individuals that are not family members. The 10-person limitation includes both employees and customers together.

“These past weeks have been difficult for all of us,” Herbert said in a news release. “Our businesses, our families, our churches and our schools have all made significant sacrifices in one way or another to try to prevent the spread of this disease in our community. We have been successful. The number of cases has been kept at a level that can be managed by our health care system. We are very grateful of your adherence to the guidelines and orders.”

As of mid-afternoon Thursday, there had only been one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Miller County. That individual has recovered from the virus and is no longer isolated. Herbert said the Health Center continues to be aggressive in following up on Miller County residents that have come into contact with someone in another county with the virus by issuing quarantine orders.

“When you add Camden, Morgan and Miller county cases, there has been a downward trajectory of newly reported cases for four weeks in the Lake area. This is great news and important as we re-open our communities,” Herbert said.

He said everyone has a mutual obligation to reduce the risk of infection and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.

“Businesses and organizations should do their best to assure a safe environment for their employees and patrons but, as always, if you don’t feel safe, don’t go! And please, if you are sick, stay home and call your health care provider,” Herbert urged.

The State Order and FAQ are found at https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/statewide-orders.php.

Additional guidance for specific businesses and activities can be found at: http://millercountyhealth.com.