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The Dubois County Health Department is now closed to the public.

As the situation of COVID-19 continues to change rapidly, the Dubois County Health Department says that their top priority remains for the health, safety, and well-being of the community. Due to the public health emergency, the Dubois County Health Department is devoting all of our resources to COVID-19 pandemic response.

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Also, In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dubois County Health Department continues to develop strategies to help prevent the spread within the community. Some of these strategies include limiting community interaction in close quarters situations. By nature, many business operations require close person to person contact. In an effort to limit close person to person contact, the Dubois County Health Department is asking for voluntary closure of all non-essential retail businesses as soon as possible.

All non-essential retail businesses include, but is not limited to, nail salons, spas, cosmetology/barber shops, liquor stores, body art/tattoo establishments, tanning salons, massage, and acupuncture establishments, electronic stores, department stores, hobby/craft stores, automotive dealerships, furniture stores, clothing stores, retail stores, and any other in-person retail businesses.

This does not prohibit the operation of essential retail business. Essential retail business includes but is not necessarily limited to health care facilities, pharmacies, facilities that sell food products, gas stations, auto repair shops, including automotive dealership repair operations, factories, hardware stores, telecommunications stores, and other essential retail.

This does not prohibit the operation of drive-thru, take-out, curbside, and delivery services, provided that social distancing, at least six feet away from other people, and limiting gatherings to fewer than ten people.

The Dubois County Health Department understands this will have an impact on the community and encourage all retail businesses that can close to do so. Dubois County Health Department wants to remind the public that COVID-19 is spreading in the State of Indiana and everyone needs to do their part to help prevent its spread. They say the better the public does at preventing the spread, the less impact it will have long-term. The department says that they intend to be proactive, not reactive to the ongoing public health pandemic.

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