The order goes into effect today and closes all bars and restaurants without delivery or puck-up options.

There has been an executive order issued for Livingston County, effective today, March 20.

The executive order comes from the Livingston County Health Department, Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas and Chillicothe Mayor Theresa Kelly.

Livingston County COVID-19 Executive Order Guidance

“This is a continually evolving situation. Expect updates to this order as the COVID-19 Pandemic takes its course,” the order reads.

As of today, March 20, group gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited, “Group Gatherings” are defined under the order as any gathering of 10 or more people at any restaurant, tavern, professional, social, cultural, entertainment or other special event/community gathering where people are not separated by physical space of at least six feet.

Those with underlying medical conditions and people over 60 are still encouraged to avoid events, that have less than 10 people.

Older adults and individuals with underlying medical conditions that are at increased risk of serious COVID-19 complications are encouraged not to attend gatherings, this includes employees.

The health department suggests:

Take specific steps to encourage older adults age 60 and above and those with underlying health conditions not to attend. Note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals at risk of exposures, including travel, church attendance, and social gatherings with 10 or more people.

“The temporary prohibition of ‘Group Gatherings’ does not apply to the day-to-day operation of

organizations such as healthcare and long-term care facilities, grocery stores, pharmacies, gas

stations, or businesses or industries with limited to no in-person contact with the public.”

Restaurants, bars, and taverns are closed until further notice except for delivery, pickup and drive-thru services.

The order also closes all schools until April 3, when the order states the situation will be reevaluated. All area schools announced earlier in the week that operations were suspended and students would not return to school until April 6.

The Livingston County Executive Order also limits the number of people in gas stations and convenience stores, until further notice. No more than 10 people, including employees are allowed inside at one time.

“School Operations” means any institution of elementary and secondary education including, but

not limited to public, chartered, private or parochial institutions.”

All entertainment facilities are also now closed due to the order, this includes, but is not limited to the bowling alley, gyms and fitness centers, private clubs and the movie theatre.

Chillicothe area hotels may continue to serve breakfast, however, the establishments are only allowed to serve prepackaged foods, and hotel guests must eat in their rooms.

Childcare facilities are being told to follow guidelines from the Missouri Department of Health of Senior Services.

The order states, “These actions are the most available and effective tools to help slow the spread of the virus in our community – and, importantly, to reduce the number of potential deaths caused by COVID-19. By slowing the spread, we have a chance to protect those family, friends and neighbors who are at risk for severe illness such as adults over age 60, and anyone with an underlying health condition. These actions will limit the cascading impacts on critical services due to high absenteeism if large numbers of workers become ill. The actions help hospitals and other healthcare services continue to provide care and maintain the operations of utilities, human services and businesses in the coming weeks and months.”

The health department suggests residents continue to wash their hands frequently, using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Social distancing - staying at least six feet away from others should still be practiced, even in small groups. Environmental cleaning in both homes and businesses should continue to include frequently touched areas and surfaces.

The order was released to the public shortly after 5 p.m., on March 20.