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FILE - This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. On Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, the top U.S. public health agency said that coronavirus can spread greater distances through the air than 6 feet, particularly in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces. But agency officials continued to say such spread is uncommon, and current social distancing guidelines still make sense. (NIAID-RML via AP)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Floyd County's top health officer has announced new restrictions for bars and restaurants in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In a Tuesday morning statement, Floyd County Health Officer Thomas M. Harris ordered that all Floyd County bars must close at 10 p.m. each evening. He also limited restaurant seating to 75 percent of capacity.

The order is effective until midnight on Dec. 21, but it may be extended or curtailed depending on pandemic conditions.

"The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to plague our community," Harris writes. "Moreover, we are seeing community-wide disease causing increasing rates of illness. This week, the state has hit the highest 7-day rolling average of cases for the entire Pandemic. Measures such as hand hygiene, facial coverings, social distancing, staying home when sick, and avoiding large crowds are the most effective strategies to reduce the spread from infected persons to non-infected persons. Therefore, to protect public health and simply save lives, restrictions must be extended to assist in the reduction of COVID-19 transmission, and avoid an increase in new cases."

The order is in addition to any restrictions placed by Gov. Eric Holcomb, Harris states.

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