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Howard County bans sale of books, toys, other nonessential items

Essential businesses must put signage near nonessential items that make clear those items can't be bought.
This undated file photo shows the Howard County Courthouse in Kokomo, Ind. (file photo courtesy Kokomo Tribune/Tim Bath)
Shopping aisles blocked off at a Howard County Dollar General. (Photo: Kristina Johnson)

HOWARD COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) — Howard County Commissioners are moving to stop essential businesses from selling nonessential items.

The ordinance is in response to businesses that have had to close as nonessential complaining that essential businesses are selling the same items, according to our news gathering partners at the Kokomo Tribune.

The ordinance reads, "This is not fair to the businesses that have closed in compliance with the County's order."

As a result, beginning Saturday, March 28 at noon, essential businesses must put signage near nonessential items that make clear those items can't be bought.

The nonessential items listed in the ordinance include:

  • Jewelry
  • Furniture
  • Home and lawn decor
  • Toys/games
  • Carpets/rugs/flooring
  • Non-emergency appliances
  • Music/books/magazines
  • Craft and art supplies
  • Paint
  • Entertainment electronics