During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the public health and safety of all Audrain County residents is the primary concern and responsibility of the Audrain County Public Health Officer/Authority. Therefore, Audrain County residents are to refrain from hosting garage, yard, or rummage sales at this time, and until such time as social gathering and social distancing requirements are removed by Gov. Mike Parson.
Under the Statewide Stay at Home Order issued by Parson and the Essential and Non-essential Business listing of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, garage, yard, or rummage sales:
1. Are not considered an essential business.
2. Often exceed social gatherings of greater than 10 individuals.
3. Cannot ensure the social distancing requirement of 6 feet between individuals.
This decision was also affirmed today by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services & the City of Mexico. Other risks associated with garage/yard/rummage sales, include:
1. Increased traffic through certain neighborhoods in municipalities that may lead to traffic congestion, with the unintentional result of people congregating in groups larger than 10.
2. Potential for contact transmission of COVID-19 as sale items are handled by individuals.
3. The projected peak for the COVID-19 pandemic is not expected until the end of April and the virus is expected to continue to pose an infection risk for some time thereafter.
For questions regarding this advisory, please contact Dr. Sandra Hewlett at the Audrain County Health Department at 573-581-1332, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.