Dubois County prepares to reopen

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DUBOIS COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) — In compliance with the state of Indiana, Dubois County is preparing to reopen.

The “Together We Thrive” initiative will be a slow process guided by The Reopening Dubois County Task Force. The Task Force views this initiative as a starting point and will continue to add to their plan of action moving forward.

Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner says the details for reopening can be found in packets available for all businesses.

“It’s a packet of information that we’re distributing to all of our businesses that want one to show them some proper techniques on how they should approach reopening their business in a safe and efficient manner with guidelines from our department of health as part of it,” Mayor Spinner said.

After being out of work for months, some businesses like Gehlhausen’s Flowers and Gifts are ready to open their doors and believe the community is educated enough to handle the reopening.

“I also believe we are aware of a lot more and people are using the precautions and taking those extra steps to hopefully keep it under control so hopefully it’ll just go up a little but then it will come right back down,” owner Linda Gehlhausen said.

Others, such as Melissa Ilgen of Serendipity Fibers, is more vulnerable due to her asthma. She is hesitant that the county is starting this process so soon.

“I think that the idea of anyone getting sick because of this is heartbreaking to all of us and I don’t think anybody’s making an easy decision. I think there’s a very scary and very real threat of resurgence or another spike,” Ilgen said.

Mayor Spinner says that the initiative is voluntary and some people don’t need to reopen if they’re not comfortable.

“If you feel like you need to stay away a little bit longer, please do that. Use your own judgment of what’s best for you and your family,” Spinner said.

As part of the initiative, Spinner asks that all businesses put a sticker near their entrances to show they are complying with safety guidelines.

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