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Coronavirus closes after school care; state restrictions increase

Ely Chapman Education Foundation in Marietta has suspended its supplemental education programs (before, during and after school) until at least after Thanksgiving.

“Effective Nov. 16, all day and afterschool programs are suspended. According to the Marietta-Belpre Health Department, the quarantine period will end on November 26,” said a release. “If there are not further restrictions placed on us, we will re-open for the Extended SLS and SLS afterschool programs on Monday, Nov. 30.”

The state has also increased restrictions on social gatherings including weddings and funerals today.

“Despite the health order that limited mass gatherings to 10 people that was signed in April remaining in effect, we have seen rampant spread of the virus as a result of banquets, wedding receptions, and social gatherings following funerals,” said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. “We have seen great tragedy associated with such events. It’s not the ceremonies causing the problem. It’s the party afterward.”  

In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 through airborne particles passing between people in close contact, wedding receptions, funeral repasts, and other events at banquet facilities are subject to the following restrictions:

– No socializing or activities in open congregate areas and no dancing. 

– Guests must be seated at all times. Traditional wedding reception events such as first dance, toasts, tossing the bouquet and cutting the cake are permitted.

– If serving food and beverages, guests must be served at their seats. No self-serve buffets and no self-serve bar areas permitted.

– Masks must be worn at all times unless actively consuming food or beverages.

– No more than 10 people should be seated at a table and those individuals must be from the same household.

According to the state release, the order does not apply to religious observances; First Amendment protected speech, including petition or referendum circulators, and any activity by media; and to governmental meetings which include meetings that are required to be open to the public.

This order goes into effect November 17, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.

See Tuesday’s edition of the Times for the full story.

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