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Changes announced to county risk levels, recommended gathering sizes to slow COVID-19

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Published: Oct. 14, 2020 at 4:43 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - With active COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in North Dakota, Governor Doug Burgum announced on October 14th updates to the North Dakota Smart Restart guidelines to help reverse the trend and reduce the spread of coronavirus in communities.

Starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 16, the updated ND Smart guidelines under the following risk designations.

Critical (red): Non-essential businesses closed.

High (orange): 25% occupancy with a cap of 50 people (changed from non-essential businesses closed); encourage businesses to require face coverings.

Moderate (yellow): 50% occupancy with a cap of 100 people (down from 250); encourage businesses to require face coverings.

Low (green): 75% occupancy with a cap of 200 people (down from 500).

New normal (blue): operate as usual.

The Governor also announced that 16 counties are being moved into the high-risk level, which recommends reduced occupancy rather than business closures.

Nine counties are moving from low risk to moderate risk, and two are moving from the new normal to low risk.

You can find the risk level map here.

The changes to county risk levels are specific to large gatherings and businesses, not the instructional model within K-12 schools.

Large indoor and outdoor gatherings are permitted if approved by community leaders and the local health authority.

Community leaders may require event planners to submit a logistics and emergency operations plan to their local health authority no later than 30 days prior to the event.

The ND Smart Restart recommendations are intended to supplement and not replace local requirements.

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