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Columbia, Boone County relax COVID-19 regulations on bars and restaurants

Columbia and Boone County’s health department is relaxing its latest COVID-19 health order regarding bars and restaurants.

The department said Wednesday it is changing the time those bars and restaurants must close, from 10 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Those businesses can also serve alcohol up until closing time, instead of having to stop at 9 p.m.

The department cited the falling five-day average of new coronavirus cases in the county as the reason for the update.

The order goes into effect Friday, Sept. 18 and expires on Oct. 6.

(This story was last updated at 5:59 a.m. Thursday.)

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