Portage County Health department reminds county residents of gathering restrictions
For the City Times
PORTAGE COUNTY – The Portage County Health department is reminding citizens of the restriction on gatherings.
“During this difficult time for everyone, we need to work together to stop the spread of COVID19. On March 24, 2020 Governor Evers issued the Safer at Home order, directing individuals to stay at home in order to slow the spread of COVID-19,” the department said in a release. “The Safer At Home order allows individuals to leave their home for limited essential activities, which includes shopping for groceries, obtaining medicine, and caring for family members in another household. This order also allows individuals who work at essential businesses to travel to and from, though physical distancing and other safety measures are required to keep employees and customers safe.
“As we are entering a holiday weekend, it is important to continue the orders that Gov. Evers has put in place. The Safer At Home order remains in effect and means that no one should be out traveling and/or gathering with friends and family for any holiday get-togethers. Physical distancing is our only defense against the virus at this time.”
The order restricts gatherings of more than 10 people in a room or confined space at any given time.
“A confined space is not only limited to indoor gatherings, but also includes any defined space, including parking lots and festival grounds,” the release explained. “This also includes religious gatherings, drive-in services, weddings, and funerals. It is also important to limit gatherings to only those individuals living within the same household to avoid transmitting the virus through social networks.”
Faith communities are finding new ways to offer services to their congregants, via television, radio, and livestreaming.
“We may be wishing to go to the park, have dinner parties, or get together with friends and family. Though we cannot physically be together, this is a time when we can think outside of the box and find new ways to gather virtually,” the department stated.