The brand new pointers, which went into impact at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, cut back occupancy limits to 50% of the rated room capability, with a cap of 100 folks, in counties designated to be within the “yellow,” or average danger degree on the state’s color-coded chart. That is down from the earlier cap of 250. The brand new pointers additionally encourage companies to require face coverings. Gov. Doug Burgum made the modifications earlier within the week, when he introduced 16 counties have been shifting within the “orange” excessive danger degree.
Bochenski made his attraction to enterprise homeowners to comply with the rules in an Oct. 16 letter to the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Chamber, which distributed the letter to its members.
“With energetic case numbers trending up in Grand Forks County and all through the state of North Dakota, it’s crucial we take steps to guard our group, particularly our weak populations,” Bochenski wrote within the letter.
Bochenski famous the updates to the North Dakota Sensible Restart Tips are suggestions, however he urged enterprise homeowners to comply with the rules as intently as doable.
“Additional disregard,” he wrote, “might result in the mandatory enforcement.”
Bochenski went on to encourage the usage of protected enterprise practices, together with the diminished occupancy limits, in addition to social distancing, face covers for workers and prospects, and correct hygiene practices. He referred to as on enterprise homeowners to familiarize themselves with the Sensible Restart Tips, in addition to a office evaluation device to assist employers develop COVID-19 mitigation insurance policies.
The mayor acknowledged the burdens positioned on enterprise homeowners not solely by the rules, however by the pandemic that necessitates their use: “I acknowledge this significantly impacts your livelihoods and this can be a very strenuous time for all of you,” he wrote. “I’m empathetic to the tough circumstances you might be in.”
Bochenski’s letter to enterprise homeowners comes after he signed a letter to the editor urging state residents to extra vigilantly comply with COVID-19 security protocols, together with masks carrying. The Oct. 14 letter was signed by Bochenski, in addition to Steve Bakken, mayor of Bismarck; Tim Mahoney, mayor of Fargo; Shaun Sipma, mayor of Minot and Bernie Dardis, mayor of West Fargo.