New Missouri COVID-19 reopening phase outlined
MISSOURI - Missouri is moving into a new phase of COVID-19 reopening that will implement a new set of guidelines that Columbia residents and businesses should follow.
One key feature to the new phase is that businesses can now maintain 50% or less of the authorized occupancy. Large group gatherings at businesses must be limited to either 50% of given occupancy or 50 people, whichever is less.
Brickwood Boutique, a store in downtown Columbia, is open and following the 50% or 50 people rule, but they don’t think their store will be that full during this time.
Ava Debord, one of the store's employees, said, “we have not come to the point of having it be 50% or more, but if it did get to that we would have to ask people to wait outside.”
Debord said that Brickwood is still being cautious when people come to their store regardless of the new restrictions.
“It feels very similar to normal besides the fact we are sanitizing a lot," she said. "Dressing rooms especially and our iPad that people use when we check out.”
Entertainment venues such as movie theaters, bowling alleys, nightclubs, dance halls, child entertainment facilities, or other similar businesses will also be allowed to be open as long as they follow the occupancy limit of 50% or 50 people, whichever is less.
Ragtag Cinema could have opened today, but decided against it to make sure their theater is prepared for social distancing standards.
"When they released the new guidelines for the second phase, we knew we would have to do a little bit of work around our cinema to actually meet the guidelines and so we’ve just been slowly rolling them out," Barbie Banks, Ragtag Cinema Director said.
Restaurants and bars were also permitted to be open as long as they followed the 50% capacity rule as well.
The end of this new phase will be June 22.