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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Perry County Commission Guidance on "Shelter in Place" and "essential business"

Perry County: Please advise additional information defining what it means to “shelter in place” as well as what is considered essential businesses. The Perry County Commission’s order will go into effect March 26, 2020 at 12:01 am. 

The basics of shelter in place are to stay at home with the exception of “essential” activities to an individual or their family’s health and safety and observe social distancing  guidance. 

The the stay at home order given by the Perry County Commission today includes exceptions for:
A.    "Essential Activities" means activities that are necessary for a person to:
a.      act or perform tasks essential to any person’s health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family, household members, or pets, including but not limited to obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, obtaining supplies needed to work from home, or laundering clothing;
b.     obtain Necessary Services or Supplies for themselves and their family, household members, or pets, or to deliver Necessary Services or Supplies to others;
c.      engage in Essential Travel;
d.     shop for grocery products, food, beverages, or other household and consumer products (for example, cleaning or personal care products including but not limited to products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, communication, and the essential operation of Residences);
e.      engage in services or perform work necessary to operate or maintain Essential Critical Infrastructure;
f.      engage in outdoor activity (including walking, hiking, running, or biking) to the extent reasonably consistent with Social Distancing Requirements (including, for example, walking outdoors six feet away from another person);
g.     participate in religious services and other spiritual practices but only to the extent consistent with reasonable compliance with Social Distancing Requirements and gathering size limitations;
h.     acts consisting of providing Essential Products and Services to a Residence, an Essential Business, or to a business in order for that business to maintain Minimum Basic Operations;
i.       activities at open construction sites, irrespective of types of structures, subject to applicable OSHA and other safety guidelines, and related architectural, design, and land surveying activities, so long as the people involved reasonably comply with Social Distancing Requirements to the extent consistent with applicable safety guidelines;
j.       necessary care for a dependent in the person’s legal custody, including acts essential for a parent with legal custody to transfer the physical custody of a child;
k.   care for a family member in another household; 

l.       engage in Essential Government Functions;
m.    engage in Healthcare Operations;
n.     engage in Essential Businesses;
o.     exercise constitutional rights to the extent that by so acting the person does not endanger the public health and safety or the health and safety of any person;
p.     acts consisting of providing Essential Products and Services to the federal government, the state government, or other political subdivision of the state of Missouri;
q.     act or perform tasks approved pursuant to an order of the Director.
B.    "Essential Businesses" means, with the exception of Disqualified Businesses, the following:
a.      Healthcare Operations;
b.     Essential Critical Infrastructure;
c.      Essential Government Functions;
d.     grocery stores, farmers’ markets, farm stands, produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, food pantries, convenience stores, or other establishments engaged in the retail sale of or providing canned food, dry goods, fruits, vegetables, pet supply, meats, fish, and poultry, or any household consumer products ( e.g., cleaning or personal care products), including but not limited to stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of Residences; however, no dine in service is permitted;
e.      businesses that engage in food cultivation, including farming, livestock, logging, and fishing;
f.      businesses that engage in food production, manufacturing, processing, packaging, wholesaling, storage, warehousing, or distribution;
g.     businesses that provide food, shelter, social services, or other necessities oflife for economically disadvantaged or people otherwise in need of social services (including but not limited to individuals with physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities);
h.     newspapers, television stations, radio stations, and other media services, whether private or public;
i.       gas stations, auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities;
j.       banks, financial institutions, broker-dealers, asset managers, businesses that process payroll for any other business, and businesses that process financial transactions and services;
k.     trash collection and disposal;
l.       hardware stores;
m.    inns, hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast establishments; however, dine-in service at on-site restaurants and bars is not permitted;
n.     plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, communication, and essential operations of Residences, Healthcare Operations, Essential Critical Infrastructure, Essential Government Services, Essential Activities, or other Essential Businesses;
o.     businesses that perform construction services;
p.     businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;
q.     educational institutions, including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of facilitating distance learning, provided that Social Distancing Requirements are maintained to the greatest extent possible;
r.      businesses providing private security services in accordance with applicable laws;
s.      laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers;
t.       funeral homes, crematoriums, cremation, burial, mortuary services, and cemeteries;
u.     churches, religious services, and other spiritual practices but only to the extent consistent with reasonable compliance with Social Distancing Requirements and gathering size limitations;
v.     storage for Essential Businesses;
w.    restaurants and other facilities that prepare or serve food; however, only carry out, pick-up or delivery service of such food is permitted, and Social Distancing
Requirements must be met (ie., no dine-in service is allowed). Self-service food or self-service condiments are expressly prohibited in any restaurant or facility that prepares or serves food;
x.     businesses that provide emergency repair and safety services for Essential Critical Infrastructure;
y.     businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home;
z.      businesses that supply Essential Businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate, including but not limited to maintenance, security, janitorial, and other similar services;
aa.   businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, beverages, goods, or services to Residences or other Essential Businesses;
bb.  non-profit organizations to the extent that the organizations are providing financial or social support for people and businesses that are impacted by COVID-19;
cc.   businesses that manufacture or supply products necessary to meet the Social Distancing Requirements, including but not limited to manufacturers of hand sanitizers and other hygiene, health, and cleaning products, and the businesses whose products and services are necessary to the ongoing operation of the businesses whose products are necessary to meet the Social Distancing Requirements;
dd.  businesses that provide personal and transportation services including airlines, taxis, transportation network providers, livery services, vehicle rental services, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for Essential Activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order;
ee.   businesses or agencies providing public transportation or paratransit;
ff.    businesses that provide home-based care for the health of seniors, adults, or children;
gg.  residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, or children, including but not limited to those for survivors of family violence, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, child abuse, or child neglect;
hh.  defense and national security-related operations supporting the government or a contractor to the federal governmentgovernment or a contractor to the federal government;
ii.     professional services, such as legal services, accounting services, insurance services, real estate services (including appraisal, mortgage and title services) or financial services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities or to assist a person in the exercise of constitutional rights, including but not limited to services required by a court order, a court rule, a fiduciary duty, a duty to the person’s client, or an ethical obligation;
jj.     businesses and agencies that provide and help to determine eligibility for basic needs including food, cash assistance, medical coverage, childcare, vocational services, or rehabilitation services;
kk.  adoption agencies;
ll.     labor union essential activities, including the administration of health and welfare funds and personnel checking on the well-being and safety of members providing services in Essential Businesses provided that these checks should be done by telephone or remotely where possible;
mm.    professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when related to the necessary activities of Essential Businesses;
nn.  operations identified by the area colleges and Universities of Missouri together with such individuals who have been authorized by these colleges and Universities to work on-site at premises for operational continuity including any travel authorized by the colleges and Universities for such individuals;
oo.  adult detention facilities and juvenile justice facilities or similar operations; and
pp.  businesses or independent providers that provide childcare or other dependent services but only to the extent that they provide services to people who are necessary employees of Essential Businesses, and including specifically without limitation Healthcare Operations, police departments, fire districts, jails, corrections medicine services, emergency management functions, food distribution companies, groceries, restaurants, pharmacies, public transit agencies, or businesses that manufacture or supply products necessary to meet Social Distancing Requirements, provided that they comply with Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services regulations and take reasonable actions to comply with Social Distancing Requirements.

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