Clark County businesses and organizations closing, making adjustments

Now that the first case of the novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Clark County, area businesses began announcing closures and adjustments to safety standards and procedures.

Mason on Main posed on social media around 5:30 p.m. Sunday that it would be closed through March 20.

“We pray everyone stays safe and healthy,” the official post said. “We will be open on Saturday the 21st until further notice.”

Court Street Gifts announced around the same time that it would be closed this week as well but would accommodate customers if necessary.

“If there is something you must have, please call 859-771-8128 and we will deliver or make arrangements for you to pick up,” the Facebook post stated. “There will be no in-store shopping. We will reevaluate at the end of this week. Thank you for understanding! Be safe!”

The OM Place has canceled its group yoga classes but does offer video archives for subscribers.

Winchester Therapeutic Massage has closed until March 30.

Ryan Dotson, owner of several Steak N Shake locations including Winchester’s restaurant, posted that all his stores will close at 8 p.m. nightly due to changing business demands.

Clark County Community Services has announced it will continue to serve those in need but will make some changes.

“Our hours are the same 9-2 but instead of parking in the side lot and walking in, we are asking you to park on Taylor Avenue in the spots directly in front of our porch. You will remain in your car and a number will be placed on your windshield. We will then process your order and load your groceries” CCCS officials posted. “If you walk or take the bus, please go to waiting room. Please be patient with us as we work out the kinks, remember this process is new to us as well. Please use this same process to drop off paperwork for housing or for seniors’ commodities. We will have multiple people helping and giving direction. We now have a case in Clark County so please stay home if you have symptoms or are at risk. Send someone else to pick up food with your ID and a note.”

DJ’s Steakhouse posted Sunday afternoon it would maintain normal business hours. On Saturday, the popular eatery posted on Facebook about its efforts to keep people safe but still serve them.

“Providing you and your family with a delicious meal and great entertainment is important to us. However, your health and overall well-being is our first priority during your visit with us.We have increased our sanitation efforts as we want to provide a safe environment for you and our employees.

“Effective immediately, we have put a sanitation station in place on our server station that you pass by when passing between the bar and dining room. At this station, you’ll be able to witness servers sanitizing menus, condiments and utilizing complimentary hand sanitizer, feel free to use some, too! We are no longer keeping condiment caddies on tables, but will instead provide all requested condiments upon request in an effort to cut down on the spread of germs from one guest to the next. We understand this may add an extra step to your service, but we are implementing these processes with our guests and employees best interest in mind.

“Please know we are following all CDC and Kentucky Department for Public Health guidelines. You also play a part in maintaining a safe environment for everyone at DJ’s. If you are sick, please follow the CDC recommendation of staying home until you are well!”

Catron & Keally Dentistry emailed patients to say they are continuing to operate their office while following the strictest sterilization and disinfection protocols in accordance with OSHA guidelines and current recommendations.

“If you visit our office in the coming days and weeks you may notice some changes including the possible use of a pre-operative rinse to help decrease the bacterial and viral load in your mouth, this is not only designed to improve the safety of your team but also to improve your health. We also ask that you do not bring family members with you to your appointments unless they are essential to your wellbeing. We are constantly wiping all surfaces in our office including the waiting room, but if you prefer to wait for your appointment in your vehicle that is perfectly fine, please just call our office (859.744.0200) when you arrive and a member of our team will come get you once your room is ready. We also will be doing our best to maintain accurate appointment times to minimize your wait, with that said please arrive at your designated time and not earlier unless instructed to.”