Eau Claire County updates local health order

Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 4:37 PM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Wednesday, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department announced an updated health order that will take effect at midnight.

The new order adds details with mass transit and requirements for sports activities.

For buses and commercial vans, face coverings must be worn by all riders.

If physical distance cannot be met, the capacity must be reduced to 50 percent.

On school buses, or places with a set number of riders, there must be assigned seats and attendance must be taken.

The order also recommends WIAA guidance is followed for all sporting events.

Everything else in the order remains the same.

This latest order runs through Aug. 19th.

Health Department Director Lieske Giese says the county is not loosening up restrictions because of concerns with the COVID-19 data.

“That new order, based on the metrics I described to you, because we’re still seeing high numbers of cases per day and seeing challenges in this community. The order is making a difference, and that order is helping us to keep those, the spread of the disease slow,” said Giese.

To view the full health order click here.

The Eau Claire City- County Health Department has updated the current local health order.

This new updated version goes into effect at midnight on Thursday, Aug. 6.

The new guideline includes when physical distance cannot be maintained, a capacity of 50% shall be observed. This is in addition to cloth face coverings. Buses with set riders, including school buses, will have assigned seats and daily attendance will be taken.

This new order also recommends reviewing WIAA sport guidance in addition to meeting order requirements.

“Public gatherings still may have up to 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors with physical distancing. Any public gathering or more than 50 people is still strongly discouraged,” said the health department.

To view the full health order click here.

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