Boone Town Council amends State of Emergency Declaration, takes effect June 2

Last Updated on May 29, 2020 8:49 am

The Boone Town Council amended its State of Emergency declaration during a special meeting on Tuesday.

The changes follow stricter measures that were approved on May 21, which at the time included a 14-day quartine for all persons (residents and non-residents) arriving in the Town of Boone who previously overnighted outside Watauga County. A temporary restraining order had been issued over that provision, after it was filed by attorney Nathan Miller, on Friday May 22, on behalf of several plaintiffs. That provision has been removed in the newly adopted Declaration.

The Declaration is below and takes effect Tuesday June 2, 2020 at 2 p.m. and remains in effect until further notice.

All Town meetings shall be held remotely; except that Board of Adjustment meetings are postponed for 60 days, prior to the expiration of which Town Council will consider whether and how such meetings may resume;

Social distancing (6’ per current guidance) must be maintained in all establishments open to the public, in all places of employment, and in public parks, sidewalks, streets, and on Town property, except as between persons who are members of the same household;

Social distancing shall not be required for persons engaged in personal care, grooming, and tattoo services as defined in Executive Order 141 issued by the Governor, provided that such persons shall wear masks when they cannot maintain social distancing, and shall post in a conspicuous space in the business that they cannot guarantee that masks will protect against the transmission of COVID-19 virus;

In Retail Businesses with shopping aisles, aisles shall be one-way if shoppers otherwise cannot maintain 6’ social distancing when walking the aisles in opposite directions;

To the extent reasonably available, hand sanitizer or other disinfectant shall be offered to customers of all establishments open to the public as customers enter and leave the premises;

While indoors in areas open to the public or occupied by other employees, employees of establishments open to the public must wear masks or other face coverings that comply with current public health guidance (i.e., cover nose and mouth and go under chin); except that the face-covering requirement shall not apply to employees that cannot wear masks due to a medical or behavioral condition, or due to a safety concern;

Employees of establishments open to the public must disinfect their hands between each interaction with a member of the public that involves exchange of a physical item that could enable surface-to-hand transmission of the coronavirus (e.g., check-out cashier handling customers’ goods, money or credit cards);

Restaurants may use only disposable menus provided for one-time use or menus that are disinfected between each use;

Employees of establishments open to the public must be subject to a daily screening process before the employee begins work to check for COVID19 symptoms, by means of a standard interview questionnaire of symptoms. Such a screen may, but is not required to be, that offered by the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Employees should not be permitted to work if they display symptoms, and should not be allowed to return to work if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are presumed positive by a medical professional due to symptoms until they meet the CDC criteria for release from isolation: (i) no fever for at least 72 hours since recovery (without the use of fever-reducing medicine); and (ii) other symptoms have improved (e.g., coughing, shortness of breadth); and (iii) at least ten (10) days have passed since first symptoms;

PENALTY: In enforcing this Declaration, law enforcement officers are specifically authorized to issue warning citations. However, repeat violations or an egregious first violation manifesting willful flouting or circumvention of this Declaration shall constitute a class 2 misdemeanor as provided at G.S. §166A-19.31(h).

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