Madison County to close all non-essential businesses through start of April

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MADISON COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) — The Madison County Health Department has ordered all non-essential businesses to close for more than two weeks.

The order will go into effect at 8 a.m. Friday, March 20 and last through Monday, April 6.

Closures include: hair salons, nail salons, spas, barber shops, tattoo parlors, liquor stores, electronic stores, department stores, hobby and craft stores, automotive dealerships, furniture stores, clothing stores, resale stores, and any other retail stores that do not sell food or home supplies,. These closures are in addition to already mandated closures.

According to a release, facilities exempt from this order include: healthcare facilities, pharmacies, facilities that sell or produce food products, gas stations, auto repair shops including automotive dealership repair operations, factories, hardware stores and other business services that do not allow public access to their facility.

Funeral homes must be limited to family only with 10 people or less in attendance.

"We apologize, but this is beyond our control. As long as the community works with us, we will make in impact," Dr. Abbott, president of the Madison County Health Board said. “We need to be proactive; not reactive. We are 2-3 days behind many of the procedures being implemented in Indianapolis. They are getting hit hard already in emergency departments and we need to take these steps to protect the community.”