Coronavirus: 3 Greene County businesses sent cease and desist letters, deemed non-essential

Greene County Public Health sent cease and desist letters to three businesses deemed non-essential under the state’s stay-at-home order.

The three businesses provided pet grooming services, including two PetSmart stores and GroomingDales Pet Salon in Beavercreek.

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“Part of your business is classified as a non-essential business, specifically the grooming portion of your business is not included in the list of essential businesses definitions found in Section 12, paragraph (a)-(y) of the order,” the cease and desist letter read. “You are required to immediately cease the pet grooming operations under the Director's order until further notice. However, those activities required to maintain minimum basic operations may continue.”

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The cease and desist orders were the first three in Greene County under the stay-at-home order.

The orders specifically referred to pet grooming services. PetSmart is still able to sell pet food.

The cease and desist order was consistent with other health departments in the state, including ones in Trumbull, Mahoning and Stark counties.

The state’s Dispute Resolution Commission ruled that pet grooming does not fall under the essential business guidelines, according to public health.

Anyone concerned about a business being essential or non-essential can visit and fill out an online form.

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Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County also announced cease and desist orders for three businesses on Friday. The businesses included smoke shops and games stores.

Previously Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County ordered 18 other businesses to closed, including pet groomers.

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