Ste. Genevieve County is ready to move into Phase Two of its reopening from the COVID-19 shutdown.
Sandra Bell, Ste. Genevieve County Health Department administrator, distributed copies of the guidelines during last Thursday’s County Commission meeting.
Phase Two has four steps.
In Step One, businesses and organizations that have been shut down may be reopened with a limit of 10 people in the building at one time. Mass gatherings are still not permitted and high-risk individuals should continue to avoid most interactions.
Step Two would relax occupancy limitations and begin allowing gatherings of up to 50 people at a time. Physical distancing is still required.
“I just want to remind people that we’re doing so well because we’ve complied,” Bell said.
In talking about the resumption of kart and lawnmower races at the county-owned fairgrounds, Presiding Commissioner Garry Nelson said he thought the 10-foot squares that had been painted at the fairgrounds race track should be used with a limit of 20 people per square in Phase Two. He said many of the spectators will be coming in from other counties.
“I agree with you 1,000 percent,” Bell said.
She also agreed with Nelson that the phrase, “individual situations may vary” should be added.
The first races for the kart and lawnmower series would be Saturday, June 6.
“A lot can happen between now and June,” Nelson said.
June 1 would mark the beginning of Step Two of Phase Two, if all goes well.
See complete story in the May 20 edition of the Herald.