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Hill County sanitarians to observe restaurant re-openings


Last updated 5/4/2020 at 12:01pm

The Hill County Health Board discussed Friday at its weekly COVID-19 update the re-opening of restaurants and other businesses.

Under the state’s phased re-opening plan, bars and restaurants are able to open today if they follow strict social distancing and employee testing requirements.

Hill County Health Officer Jessica Sheehy said the Health Department has spent much of the last week answering the questions of local business owners and provide guidance for those planning to re-open in the coming weeks.

“We’ve primarily been communicating with businesses who have further questions about the directives,” Sheehy said.

She said the department’s current mission is trying to smooth out the transition for many of these businesses looking to open their doors.

Sheehy said the department’s sanitarians have been going out to many of the businesses asking for help and providing guidance on how to maintain social distancing as they resume operations.

“We appreciate those businesses reaching out,” she said.

Hill County Sanitarian Will Lorett said he and his fellow sanitarians are going to be paying attention to how restaurants in particular handle their re-openings.

“We plan to drop in on restaurants next week, just to confirm everyone is working with the guidelines, making sure everyone is observing social distancing,” Lorett said.

Lorett said, so far, the businesses the sanitarians have been working with have been putting in the effort to re-open safely.

“We’ve met with several business this week, and they have all been very forthcoming with trying to follow the guidelines,” he said.

Hill County Public Health Director Kim Larson said no calls or complaints about non-compliance have come in that she’s heard of since the board’s April 24 meeting.


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