Lee commissioners’ resolution underscores social distancing for pandemic

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Lee County commissioners avoided any “shut down” rhetoric Monday when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Commissioners unanimously adopted an emergency resolution Monday that basically codifies and adopts the public health advisory concepts identified in the Florida governor’s executive order last weekThe resolution addresses measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for the vulnerable populations over the age of 65 or with high-risk conditions, reduce gatherings of groups of persons, and the means of conducting business for the workforce and workplace. 

“All business owners, supervisors, managers and others in charge of conducting business in the state of Florida should allow telework of employees to the extent that can be accomplished without significantly disrupting the ability to conduct business,” the resolution reads. “Employers should make every effort to reduce the onsite workforce to 50% capacity, where possible, to the extent that reduction can be accomplished without significantly disrupting the ability to conduct business.” 

The takeaway message from the meeting is that people should be encouraged to stay at home, said Commission Chairman Brian Hamman. Anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms is to stay in their homes until the emergency expires. 

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