Benton-Franklin Health District PIO
July 2, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Benton and Franklin Counties were approved today to move to modified Phase 1 of the state’s Safe Start Phased Reopening Plan. Washington State Secretary of Health John Weisman’s approval of the counties’ applications allows limited and modified openings for some businesses and personal activities in Benton and Franklin Counties effective at midnight tonight.
Activities allowed include:
- Construction as permitted in Phase 2 guidance (new construction projects can occur)
- Manufacturing as permitted in Phase 2 guidance (non-essential manufacturing)
- Restaurants for outdoor seating only at 50% of existing outdoor capacity
- In-store retail at 15% indoor capacity with indoor activities limited to 30 minutes
- Personal services at 25% indoor capacity
- Dog groomers at 25% indoor capacity
- No gatherings with people outside of the household except for small behavioral health support groups of fewer than 5 people
- All businesses must sign a business pledge that they will following all COVID-19 guidance. Spanish business pledge
- Complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan and submit it by email or in person to Benton or Franklin County. Spanish COVID-19 Safety Plan
- Post the COVID-19 Safety Plan at the front of the business
- Require face coverings for employees and customers
- Post signs stating that face coverings are required. English Mask Required Sign Spanish Mask Required Sign
- Benton County – please email to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop in large yellow postal box in the drive lane at the side of Benton-Franklin Health District.
- Franklin County – please email to email@example.com or use the Franklin County Treasurer drop box located in courthouse parking lot next to security building labeled COVID 19 business plans
The Benton-Franklin Health District Board of Health wants to remind the public to continue to follow all the precautions in Phase 1, including wearing face coverings in public, staying at least six feet away from other people, practicing excellent hand hygiene and staying home when they’re sick. More information on COVID-19 can be
found on Benton-Franklin Health District’s website at www.bfhd.wa.gov/covid-19.
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