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Shelter in place ordinance: Who's affected?

The order is set to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and last until 11:59 p.m. April 2.

Posted: Mar 23, 2020 6:41 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2020 12:48 PM

On Sunday, St. Joseph Mayor Bill McMurray ordered al "shelter in place" for the city. The order is set to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and last until 11:59 p.m. April 2.

The order recommends residents to stay home or "shelter in place," with a few exceptions. People are allowed to leave their homes for "essential activities" like going to the grocery, seeking medical services, or seeking any supplies or services deemed "essential," outdoor activity like walks, and going to most workplaces.

The order requires social distancing and a six-foot distance between people for businesses considered essential.

Here is a breakdown of businesses considered "essential" in the Shelter in Place Ordinance:

1. Healthcare and public health services and supply distribution (for human or animal care)

2. Law enforcement, public safety, first responder, emergency dispatch, and security

3. Agriculture and food creation, transportation, distribution, and retail sales (for human or animal consumption)

4. Restaurant and prepared food distribution (for allowed distribution methods)

5. Energy, electricity, petroleum, natural gas and propane acquisition, extractions, production, generation, processing, storage, distribution, and retail distribution

6. Water and wastewater processing, treatment, conveyance, and distribution

7. Logistics and transportation of goods and people, repair of transportation systems and infrastructure, transportation dispatch, packaging material manufacturing, shipping, air and rail transportation, and support services

8. Public infrastructure support and maintenance

9. Communications infrastructure support and maintenance

10. Information technology development, management, support, and security

11. Education (including childcare) and governmental operations

12. Critical community assistance and preparedness services

13. Manufacturing of necessary consumables and their components

14. Chemical and hazardous materials handling and cleanup

15. Critical financial services

16. Military operations

17. Home repair of critical utilities and facilities, including buildings; (Home is removed and including buildings added.)

18. Construction and related activities; (Item added)

19. Services related to real estate transactions, including title searches, appraisals, permitting, inspections, moving, and recordation, legal, financial and other necessary services; and (Item added)

20. Services related to funerals and end-of-life care, including burials, religious services, and floral services for funeral; (Item added)

21. Cleaning involving sanitizing; (Item added)

22. Grass, weed, and vegetation removal (excluding other lawn and landscaping services; (Item added)

23. Support for the foregoing services

24. Functions that the Director of Health deems, in writing, to be essential services.

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Snow showers have left the area and we saw anywhere from 2-4 inches of snow. Surface temperatures for the most part remain above freezing so accumulations were mostly on elevated and grassy surfaces. Skies slowly cleared throughout the day with temperatures warming into the mid to upper 40s. Conditions look to dry out and slowly warm throughout the next few days. Rain chances will return mainly through the morning hours on Friday with temperatures back in the 60s. Temperatures will continue to warm through the weekend with highs back in the upper 60s and lower 70s. Temperatures will be close to 80s for the beginning of next week under mostly sunny skies.
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