Greene County to Further Ease COVID Related Restrictions

The Greene County Commission will be lifting more restrictions on businesses and the community at a press conference scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

The press conference will be in conjunction with the city of Springfield, who has not released their plans ahead of the press conference.

While the Commission had not made an official vote on the changes as of 10:30 a.m., among the changes discussed during their daily Commission briefing include:

  • The reopening of bars, brewery taprooms, and nightclubs;
  • Entertainment venues can open with restrictions on the limit of customers;
  • Contact sports can begin to hold “non-contact” practices;
  • Playgrounds could reopen immediately;
  • Public gatherings could expand to up to 25 people;
  • Religious services up to 25 people will be permitted;

There will be restrictions based on what Commissioner John Russell called “enhanced risk activities.” Some possible restrictions discussed included prohibiting customers from using a counter at bars or taprooms.

Items such as social distancing would be strongly encouraged to continue in all locations even with eased restrictions.

The Commission did not take a final vote in their briefing session because they wanted to seek some legal clarification from counsel before passing the measure. They will be meeting this afternoon, before the scheduled 2 p.m. press conference, to vote on final passage of the discussed changes.

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