“Stay at Home” order issued for Linn County to slow spread of COVID-19

Stay at Home Order

The Linn County Commission and Linn County Health Department Administrator have issued a Stay at Home Order for the county. The order’s intent is to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the county while enabling essential services to continue.

The Stay at Home Order supersedes and replaces prior orders for Linn County for COVID-19. It will go into effect Friday morning at 8 o’clock and continue to the morning of April 24th at 8 o’clock or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by further order. The order declares that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 and COVID-19 are contagious diseases that are or may become an epidemic in Linn County.

Individuals living in Linn County are ordered to stay home except to leave for essential activities, essential governmental functions, or to operate essential businesses and operations. The individuals must adhere to social distancing requirements when using shared or outdoor spaces as much as reasonably possible. Homeless individuals are exempt from the order but are urged to obtain shelter.

The Stay at Home Order says non-essential business and operations must cease, except for minimum basic operations. Businesses are allowed to maintain the value of inventory and infrastructure, provide security, process payroll or employee benefits, or facilitate employees working remotely. Businesses may continue operations consisting of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences. Restaurants and retail food establishments are prohibited from conducting dine-in food service, but they may provide pick up, drive-through, or delivery services.