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Webster County Commission issues
Declaration of Emergency

From the April 1, 2020 issue
of The Journal

   The Webster County Board of Commissioners issued a Declaration of Local Emergency on Monday, March 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
   The declaration includes a curfew between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. until further notice.
   All businesses that possess a license to operate as a "bar" are to cease operation while the order is in effect.
   Also, no business, establishment, corporation, non-profit, or organization shall allow more than 10 people to be gathered at a single location if such gathering requires people to stand or be seated within six feet of others.
   The declaration also sets a penalty of a $500 fine to anyone charged and found guilty of a violation.
   Commission Chairman Tony Kennedy said even before the declaration Webster County residents appeared to be taking the danger seriously and acting accordingly.
   "The citizens of Webster County have taken responsibility for their actions and are following national guidelines," said Commission Chairman Tony Kennedy. "The restaurants on their own implemented take-out only. The Courthouse is following state guidelines for each office. Most churches are not holding services, but broadcasting live instead by using YouTube, Facebook, and other social media. Most everyone is at home and settled in by 9 p.m."