May 20, 2020 2:02 PM

Garage sales allowed, practice social distancing, if possible

Posted May 20, 2020 2:02 PM

By NICK GOSNELL

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Reno County Health Department Director Nick Baldetti clarified Wednesday that garage sales are allowed at this point in the reopening plan.

"Garage sales are able to be conducted," Baldetti said. "We're just asking that people abide by the social distancing standards and try not to have large congregations. As of right now, try to have no more than 10 at the garage sale, if you cannot abide by the social distancing guidelines. Generally speaking, if you just have kind of traditional traffic, that should be fine."

The size of group gathering goes up from 10 to 15 as of Friday, since the state restrictions are being slightly eased.

"That's not to say that 15 people only can be at one place," Baldetti said. "That's just to say, if you cannot accommodate six feet of distance between people, try to limit groupings to 15 or less."

As much as you can, browse with your eyes and not your fingers.

"Best practice would obviously be to try and limit touching," Baldetti said. "At the same time, if an individual who is holding a garage sale wants to be proactive and sanitize via like a spray, Lysol or what have you, that's a good sanitation practice."

The county is not putting any further restrictions on cash handling or anything else with regard to garage sales, either.