Joint Executive Order Outlining COVID-19 Steps

March 20, 2020

Wayne County and the City of Richmond have closely monitored all developments related to COVID-19 and through consultation with local health officials, along with the most current information as relayed by the WHO, CDC,and ISDH, joint executive action has been taken in order to ensure the health and safety of all Wayne County, Indiana residents. Below is a summary of the actions included in the joint executive order:

1. All City and County citizens are directed to cease all non-essential interaction, including but not limited to social gatherings and interactions

2. The Mayor hereby declares travel restrictions consistent with that Level Two Declaration heretofore declared by the Board, and both the Mayor and the Board wish to emphasize the need for all City and County residents to abide by the terms of that travel restriction.  Both the Mayor and the Board will be consulting with their respective law enforcement officials relative to stepped-up enforcement of the travel restriction.

3. All employers within the City and the County are asked to affect a reduction in their usual in-place workforce of at least thirty percent (30%) in order to reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19. The requested reduction shall be deemed to include those employees who have been assigned in-home work or are working primarily on a remote basis away from their usual workplace.  Employers are further asked to permit self-quarantine by those in their workforce who are particularly susceptible to COVID-19 due to advanced age and/or compromised medical conditions as further defined by the CDC.  Employers should also increase the proximity of social distancing among their employees and implement such practices with their patrons and customers.

4. The actions of the Wayne County Local Health Officer temporarily closing certain identified businesses within the County are hereby re-affirmed by the Mayor and the Board, as well as those closures heretofore directed by Governor Eric Holcomb in Executive Order 20-04 dated March 19, 2020.

5. Both the Mayor and the Board shall continue to monitor local developments relative to the COVID-19 emergency and additional, more restrictive directives may be forthcoming if the situation so requires.  

In summary, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19:

Citizens should:

  • Eliminate social gatherings
  • Only use public transit as absolutely necessary.
  • Pair down travel to only the essential: food, pharmacy, approved medical care
  • Call health care provider if symptoms present, and if advised, travel to medical care 
  • It's ok to go out, but for the health and safety of the community, maintain 6ft of distance.
  • If you have any symptoms, self-quarantine. Testing is limited and takes a long time. In the meantime, not quarantining can lead to the spread.

Businesses should:

  • Reduce the proximity of staff by moving 30% of their workforce to a remote capacity.
  • Focus on the needs of the most at-risk workforce (65+, immuno-compromised, etc) by moving this population to remote access.
  • Monitor employee health. For example: conducting a temperatures check upon entry and sending those home who register temperatures above 99.6 degrees.
  • Follow 6ft distance guidelines for staff and customers.
  • Continue to follow all hygiene and cleaning guidelines from the CDC.

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