State approves county variances

Outdoor dining, church gatherings

SHERIDAN — Two COVID-19 variances requested for Sheridan County were approved by state officials Monday evening.

Members of the Sheridan County Incident Management Team received approval from State Health Officer Alexia Harrist on variances for Sheridan County regarding in-person church gatherings and outdoor seating for restaurants, bars, cafes and other public establishments serving food and drink.

IMT received detailed responses from Harrist on both variances, including a list of requirements for restaurants to comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines in outdoor seating settings, outlined in Sheridan County Public Health Order 2020-1. Churches will also have to maintain 6-foot distances between households and limit interactions before, during and after services, among a list of other requirements outlined in Sheridan County Public Health Order 2020-2. 

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