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BISMARCK, N.D. – On Tuesday, Oct. 27, the Bismarck City Commission passed a pandemic mitigation strategy within the City of Bismarck utilizing emergency powers. The strategy provides its residents with a formalized guideline to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
“We can only beat this virus if we are united as a community to slow the spread of COVID-19. The implementation of the pandemic mitigation strategy was put in place to keep our community safe, to keep schools and businesses open, and to preserve our local economy. By wearing a mask when you’re in public, washing your hands, and staying six feet apart, you protect yourself, and you protect others. By working together and doing your part, we’ll keep Bismarck the safe, resilient community we know and love,” said Mayor Bakken.
The pandemic mitigation strategy sets forth a layered mitigation approach of wearing a mask, social distancing and practicing good hand hygiene to decrease the spread of COVID-19 when practiced in a consistent manner, in addition to other measures. The three-layer approach is intended to help get kids back to school, keep businesses open and ensure stability for healthcare facilities.
Every person within the City of Bismarck is required to wear a face covering in all indoor settings open to the public where a person is exposed to non-household members and where social distancing of six feet or more cannot be assured.
The pandemic mitigation strategy goes into effect November 1, 2020, and will remain in effect until the 14-day rolling average positivity rate for Burleigh County is 8% or less. The strategy will be reviewed at the Dec. 8, 2020, City Commission regular meeting.
“Now is the time for us to come together as a community to implement mitigation measures to reduce active cases and positivity rates in Burleigh County,” said Renae Moch, Public Health Director for Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health. “Public Health is here as a resource for our community and we will do what we can to support businesses in their efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
Detailed information and resources for citizens and businesses about the pandemic mitigation strategy can be found at www.bismarcknd.gov/bismarckstrong and on social media at www.facebook.com/bismarcknd.gov and www.twitter.com/BismarckNDGov.