Coronavirus: Some area businesses must prove health rules are being followed

An estimated 250 area businesses and work sites will have to prove whether they are "essential" under the state mandate and whether they are following the state's stay-at-home order.

Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper, at the daily Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County coronavirus update, announced the order Monday after reporting that workers at those 250 businesses filed complaints about non-compliance.

Cooper said that by the end of the business day Wednesday, businesses and work sites where complaints have been lodged must file the following with the city/county health department:

Justification that your business meets the definition of an essential business and operation

Measures your business are implementing meet the requirements of social distancing as defined by the state health department

Documentation regarding your business being "Essential" and the social distancing requirements have been communicated to your workers

Appropriate actions are being taken regarding dealing with the coronavirus -- sending ill workers home, allowing employees to work from home with established rules and technology (video conference, for example), frequent and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces, encouraging workers to stay home until they are complete well and more.

Cooper said teams of health department workers will visit every business and work site where a complaint has been filed.

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