Blakely mayor issues mandatory shelter-in-place order, effective Tuesday night

Published: Mar. 25, 2020 at 9:42 AM CDT
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Mayor Travis Wimbush has issued a shelter-in-place directive for the city of Blakely, taking effect at 12:00 AM Tuesday, March 24, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The measures outlined in the order include a mandatory curfew, a ban on all public and private gatherings, and limits travel to conducting essential activities or working for essential businesses.

The order institutes a mandatory curfew from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

The directive prohibits any travel outside the home unless for one of the named essential functions, including travel on foot, by bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit.

The directive’s list of essential activities, which Blakely residents can leave home for, include taking care of healthcare matters (including for pets), obtaining supplies, groceries, and shopping for essentials, and outdoor activities like walking and hiking, but no team sports with gatherings larger than 10 people.

Operations listed as essential businesses include grocery stores, supermarkets and food banks, restaurants that provide takeout meals, and farming businesses.

In addition to the aforementioned stores, essential businesses defined by the directive include health care operations, media outlets, gas stations and auto-repair shops, banks and other financial institutions, service providers like plumbers and electricians, educational institutions, mailing and shipping companies, and home-based senior care.

People residing at hotels, motels, shared rental units or similar facilities are required to stay in their rooms.

You can read the complete shelter in place order


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