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By James McAfee
The Knox County News-Courier
BENJAMIN—Judge Stan Wojcik issued a message to Knox County residents Monday via a video that the county had been lucky so far with just five being tested with four of them negative and the other pending.
“Our goal is zero,” he said.
Wojcik indicated the Knox Commissioners Court had decided no shelter-in-place order was scheduled at this time, explaining that just too many residents worked in businesses that were exempt.
“We are asking that everyone shelter-in-place as much as they can,” he added.
Wojcik said he appreciated the folks asked here to self-quarantine earlier and added that anyone asked to do so going forward would need to stay home. “No going for a drive anywhere,” he added.
The new regulations, effective as of 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 30, from the judge:
*No more than 10 customers in a store or business at any time
*Any time a minor (16 years and under) leaves their residence they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
*ATVs, golf carts and non-street legal vehicles prohibited on any city streets, county roads or state highways by non-licensed drivers
*Refrain from traveling to any city or state with confirmed multiple cases
*Any travel on commercial airlines to another country or any U.S. city will be required to quarantine for 14 days
*Curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. unless for work
Wojcik begged residents to curtail trips to bigger stores outside of the county. “If you have to go for a doctor’s appointment, just do that and nothing else,” he said.
Penalties for violating any of the orders could result in up to 180 days in jail and a fine of $1,000.