Today, Bell County amended the Stay Home Stay Safe Order and issued Directive #4. The directive is in effect through April 6, 2020.
Find the amended directive here.
Directive #4 added Gun Shops to the list of Essential Businesses and provided clarity on "Essential Businesses". The second change in the order regards the ability of churches to have members gather in groups of 10 or more:
For purposes of this Order, “Essential Businesses” means:
i. Essential Healthcare Operations.
Healthcare is the maintenance or improvement of health via the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, recovery, or cure of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in people and pets. Health care is delivered by health professionals in allied health fields. It includes work and locations done in providing primary care, secondary care, and tertiary care, as well as in public health. Physicians and physician associates are a part of these health professionals. Example of healthcare operations include: a. Dentistry
h. Occupational therapy
i. Physical therapy
j. Biotechnology companies
k. Mental health care providers
l. Healthcare suppliers
m. Substance abuse service providers
n. Blood banks
o. Medical research
p. Laboratory services
q. Home-based and residential-based care for seniors, adults, or children
r. Veterinary care.
ii. Essential Government Functions.
An essential governmental function is a function provided by a political subdivision of the State, such as a city, county, or a school district. Essential governmental functions and activities are those that are needed to ensure the continuing operation of those agencies to provide for the health, safety, education, and welfare of the public.
a. Further, nothing in this order shall prohibit any individual from performing or accessing Essential Government Functions, such as voting in an a duly called and authorized election. All Essential Government Functions shall be performed, to the extent possible, in compliance with social distancing requirements.
iii. Essential Critical Infrastructure & Activities.
Essential Critical Infrastructure & Activities is work that is necessary to the operations and maintenance of the critical infrastructure sectors as identified by the National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), Memorandum dated March 19, 2020 (attached to this Directive). Example of essential critical infrastructure work and activities includes:
a. public works construction
b. residential and commercial construction
c. airport operations
d. water, sewer, gas, & electrical
e. oil refining
f. public transportation
g. solid waste collection removal and disposal
h. internet and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services)
i. financial institutions, including pay day lenders and pawn shops
j. defense and national security-related operations and business that support such
k. manufacturing operations
l. distribution and logistics operations
m. media, including newspaper, television, and radio
n. childcare and daycare
iv. Essential Retail.
Essential retail is the sale of consumer goods and services during a time of national, state and/or local disaster that is necessary to maintain a residence and/or essential business and/or a business supporting an essential business. Example of essential retail include:
a. grocery stores
b. warehouse stores
c. liquor stores
d. gas stations
e. convenience stores
f. farmers’ markets
g. food cultivation, including farming, fishing, and livestock
h. food delivery services
i. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for pickup, delivery or carry out. In-room dining must be closed. The restriction of pickup, delivery, or carry out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospital and medical facilities
j. Any entity that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on a pick-up and take-away basis only.
l. Dry cleaners
m. Laundry service
n. Automobile & motorcycle sales
p. Automobile, motorcycle and bicycle repair
q. hardware stores
r. Construction supply stores
s. Gun stores
t. Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home.
v. Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations.
Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
vi. Businesses that Support Essential Businesses and Services Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses.
Businesses that Support Essential Business and Services are ones that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences and Essential Businesses. Examples of businesses that support residences and essential businesses are:
a. mail and shipping services
b. residential and business cleaning and maintenance
c. warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
d. storage for essential businesses
e. funeral homes and services relating thereto like crematoriums and cemeteries
i. Lawn care services
j. Law offices
k. Real estate offices, not to include site visits for the purpose of showing a property
l. Title offices
m. Mortgage offices
n. Accounting offices
o. Office supply stores