Businesses receive reopening advice

Mark Wallace, Greg Lara ADM HD,  Bob Sitton, Molly Maddox.

Despite the lingering pandemic, Hermann businesses continue to slowly reopen their doors to customers and are receiving the best precautions on coping with COVID-19.


To that end, a group of officials -- led by the Gasconade County Health Department -- spent last Wednesday and Thursday visiting the business to inform them of best practices to keep all concerned safe as they mingle with customers and clients. One of those in the group was Gasconade County Health Department Administrator Greg Lara.


I would also say that all the businesses we approached were very receptive and had a lot of good questions, and some already had practices in place to maintain the social distancing," Lara said. "While we were at some businesses, we also made some suggestions if we saw an area they needed to make some adjustments/changes to help improve their set-up, such as removing or spacing tables out further to help with the social distancing."


Lara said the group thanked the businesses for their patience and cooperation in following both local and state orders regarding the pandemic.


Hermann City Administrator Mark Wallace also participated in the meetings with the various businesses.


"All of the businesses were receptive and thankful for the visit and the information," Wallace told the Advertiser-Courier.


That information left with the businesses strongly recommended that any choosing to start up or revise their operations -- or those currently operating as they normally would -- to carefully review the specifications of the revised Missouri order, which went into effect May 4.


"It is imperative that all businesses and individuals abide by social distancing requirements to help decrease the spread of this virus," the health department stated. "As we all know, Gasconade County is very unique in the different types of businesses that operate within the county, from the tourism business, lodging, antique shops, wineries, hair salons, factories, etc., so each business provides its own unique set of challenges….We need to take advantage of this phase and implement policies and procedures in place that will educate and protect our employees, our visitors, and our customers."


The health department also said the requirements listed in the state's Phase One order are at a minimum for the businesses.


"Additional, stricter supplemental local orders may be deemed necessary," the statement read.


The packet also includes a letter from Hermann Mayor Dr. Bob Koerber, asking the business owners and proprietors of the city to follow the recommendations.


"There is good empirical evidence, both medically and financially, for that support," Koerber wrote. "Our continued safety hinges on everyone applying these rules."


Lara asks that businesses that may have been closed at the time of the visits may want to stop by the office, located at 300 Schiller St. in Hermann, to pick up the information. The businesses can also call the department at (573) 486-3129.


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