COLUMBIA – The Columbia / Boone County Division of Well being on Monday introduced a brand new well being ordinance that lowered restrictions on native companies.
The ordinance permits occupancy limits to be at full capability at eating places, leisure venues and social gatherings beginning Wednesday, March 24 at midday.
Whereas masks and social distancing will nonetheless be utilized, the brand new well being order replaces the earlier one which capped capability at 50% or a most of 200 individuals.
Native occasion planners, like Anne Tergerdine, stated they’ve been ready for this announcement for a very long time.
Tergerdine is the proprietor of Annabelle Occasions. She stated when the pandemic hit, she and different occasion planning firms have been hit arduous.
“Over a yr in the past we have been the primary to shut and we realistically knew we might be the final to reopen,” stated Tegerdine. “And actually, a couple of months in the past we weren’t certain if it might be this yr or subsequent yr.”
With the current announcement, Tegerdine stated she hopes to see a rise in her enterprise. A yr behind in occasion planning, Tegerdine expects to be busy as the brand new well being order takes impact.
Tegerdine additionally hopes her purchasers will stay affected person together with her. With the one-year delay, Tegerdine stated she had a whole lot of catching as much as do.
“Please be affected person with us and know that each one occasion and marriage ceremony actions have been nearly fully closed for the previous yr,” Tegerdine stated. “So we want a bit time to get again on our toes.”
Nonetheless, the brand new order of well being has excited occasion planning firms. They consider it is a step in the proper path to get again to “regular”.
Tegerdine hopes future orders will permit for dance flooring and handle non-public events, particularly with occasions like commencement and highschool balls arising.
“If they’re allowed to have some, which all of us hope and consider they are going to be allowed to have this yr to some extent, that extra weddings and occasions which might be smaller gatherings can happen.” , Tegerdine stated.
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