Mayor amends order to clarify 'self-service'

Posted 4/6/20

Jasper Mayor David O’Mary has amended a recently issued executive order to make an important clarification.  

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Mayor amends order to clarify 'self-service'


Jasper Mayor David O’Mary has amended a recently issued executive order to make an important clarification.  

O’Mary issued an executive order last Thursday aimed at keeping Walker Countians safer during the COVID-19 pandemic. The order limits the capacity of stores by half and requires other social distancing measures.

The original order warned businesses to “discontinue self-service foods,” and the updated order issued on Monday now reads to “discontinue self-service foods and beverages.”

It is prohibited for people to enter a service station, for instance, and grab self-service items, such as hot dogs or drinks.

O’Mary told the Daily Mountain Eagle that adding beverages to the original order was necessary to clarify any confusion about the term “self-service.”

Since the original order was issued, larger retailers such as Walmart and Home Depot have put stricter guidelines in place to protect customers. 

Walmart’s corporate office announced on April 3 that starting this past Saturday, stores were limiting store capacity. 

“Stores will now allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly 20 percent of a store’s capacity,” the company stated.

One-way movement is occurring in all Walmart stores to limit the spread of COVID-19. Customers are also being directed to exit store’s at a different door than they originally entered, “which should help lessen the instances of people closely passing each other,” according to Walmart’s corporate office.

On April 1, Home Depot corporate announced the company would be limiting the number of customers allowed in the store at any given time and that all stores would be closing at 6 p.m. each day.

Retailers in Jasper have appeared to abide by O’Mary’s order, mainly by putting markers on floors to ensure social distancing of 6 feet.