Local governments are taking big steps to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.
The Columbia City Council on Monday night cleared the way for a state of emergency. No gatherings of more than 50 people are allowed. Places like gyms, movie theaters, and community centers should close. Restaurants and bars should not be more than half full.
Mayor Brian Treece says we must limit what he calls a natural disaster in slow-motion.
“One of the things that we have to do is take proactive steps to flatten the curve, to reduce the demand on our health care providers, so that we can optimize the use of limited hospital beds for those that need it most,” Treece said.
Jefferson City and Cole County are putting in similar restrictions.
Cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more,” Cole County Health Director Kristi Campbell said Monday afternoon. “This recommendations does not apply to schools, institutes of higher learning, businesses, or essential government proceedings.”