Andrew Kocher Suspended for 10 Years by FEI Tribunal

first_img Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. The FEI Tribunal has suspended US Jumping athlete Andrew Kocher for 10 years and disqualified him from eight events between June 2018 and November 2019 for using electric spurs on horses. The athlete has also been fined CHF 10,000 and ordered to pay costs of CHF 7,500.The FEI Legal Department notified the athlete on 29 June 2020 that an investigation had been opened following allegations about electric spur use reported to the independent Equestrian Community Integrity Unit (ECIU). It was alleged that Mr Kocher had used electric spurs on a number of FEI registered and national horses in international and national events, and during training.Following the investigation, the FEI formally opened disciplinary proceedings against Mr Kocher in October 2020. He was provisionally suspended on 28 October 2020 pending a hearing before the FEI Tribunal, and this period will be credited against the full suspension, meaning that the athlete is ineligible through to 27 October 2030.During the suspension the athlete is barred from participating in or attending, in any capacity, including as a spectator, any competition or event that is authorised or organised by the FEI or any National Federation.The sanctions also include disqualification of all results obtained at events for which the FEI Tribunal was provided with photographic evidence establishing the athlete’s use of electric spurs. The eight events are: CSI4* Hickstead (GBR), 21-24 June 2018; CSI3* Lexington (USA), 14-18 May 2019; CSI2* Lexington (USA), 22-26 May 2019); CSI5* Calgary (CAN), 5-9 June 2019; CSI5* Calgary (CAN), 27-39 June 2019; CSI3* Traverse City (USA), 7-11 August 2019; CSI3*-W Columbus (USA), 2-6 October 2019; and CSI4*-W Toronto (CAN), 5-9 November 2019.These sanctions form the operative part of the FEI Tribunal decision. The full reasoned decision will be published here in due course. Parties can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 21 days of receipt of the full decision. Tags: FEI Tribunal, Andrew Kocher, electric spurs, suspended, disqualified, More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. SIGN UP Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

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Spruce Meadows Update: Name The Foal and 46th Anniversary

first_imgIt’s (Almost) That Time of Year to Name The Foal!As Spruce Meadows embarks on their 46th spring, it is time to launch a spring tradition — Name The Foal, presented by Telus.Each year, thousands of names are received for their beautiful foals. Congratulations to last year’s winners:Foal #1: Whisky N Wodka, named by Rachel Clinch from St. George, New Brunswick.Foal #2: Always a Gentleman, named by Sandra Jeffries from Thunder Bay, Ontario.Foal #3: Simply Southern, named by Carmen Leblinkhof from Lethbridge, Alberta.Foal #4: Modern Lady, named by Jaimee Green from Kananaskis, Alberta.Stay tuned for all the details when Name the Foal is launched again this summer and join them in welcoming their very first foal of 2021.46 Years of Spruce MeadowsIn the spirit of reflecting on memories made at Spruce Meadows, they want to hear from you!Send them your favourite pictures of memories and times you enjoyed at Spruce Meadows and a brief description to [email protected] and they will share their favourite ones on social media (or just tag them on social media using #SM46Years).~ with files from Spruce Meadows Media Tags: Spruce Meadows, Name the Foal, 46th anniversary, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* SIGN UP More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

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League opens with goalfest

first_imgThe college football season got off to a scorching start last Wednesday with twenty-five goals scored in the first four Premier League matches. The opening games in the First Division proved to be equally entertaining, with relegated Keble and promoted Lincoln proving that they have adjusted well to life in their new division. Newly promoted Jesus immediately made a name for themselves in the Premier devision. They treated the visiting Brasenose side to such a lesson in top flight football by a well-drilled Jesus team, that the 4-2 scoreline did the newly promoted side’s performance justice. Having flirted with relegation at the tail-end of last season, they now find themselves at the giddy heights of second in the league.It was a high spirited game in which both teams did well to overcome the challenges of wind, rain and a slopping pitch. The talents of Brasenose’s John Ditchburn and Jesus’s Graham Parrott shone through in particular on a dank Wednesday afternoon.Jesus set their stall early on, the aforementioned Parrott sending an unstoppable free kick past the Brasenose goalkeeper with just five minutes gone. The two-man Brasenose fanbase soon suffered further misery when Dave Knocker deftly slipped the ball into the right of the net.To their credit, Brasenose’s heads did not drop. Two minutes after Jesus’s second, Ditchburn punished the keeper’s indecision with a beautifully weighted lob. It was more of the same after the break. Gareth Bebb skipped past two defenders to finish neatly. Again, Brasenose struck back, the outstanding Ditchburn hitting a powerful shot which took a deflection on its way past the beleaguered keeper.Far from a tense finish, however, Jesus dominating the remaining period and only some last-ditch defending off two successive corners kept a tired Brasenose in the game. Shortly afterwards, however, Jesus’s Jack Wellby capitalised on a mix-up between goalkeeper and defender to score from the edge of the area, securing for Jesus three points and the right to hold their heads high in the Premier League. The exceptional performance of the first round, however, undoubtedly came from Worcester. A year ago Magdalen were the rulers of college football, and it was presumed that the new season would see the continued supremacy of the black and white stripes. However, rather than looking at another title challenge  Magdalen will face a lengthy struggle for survival. They have lost seven players over the summer and while Catz proved last year that it is possible to overcome a shaky start and still challenge, they never witnessed such a catastrophic result as this. In every aspect of the game Magdalen were outclassed, outfought and outthought. To describe it as one-sided would be to flatter the home side as it suggests two teams turned up. Worcester pressed Magdaeln ruthlessly, launching lightning attacks and appearing to cut them apart at will in a cavalier performance that should leave their title rivals cringing. But Worcester will not play a side as poor as Magdalen every week. The midfield was hungerless and the defence negligent. Magdalen established their fearsome reputation upon a powerfully built side capable of producing results, if not attractive football. However, that can no longer disguise an inherent lack of quality, or even a basic ability to read the game. Worcester were allowed to spray the ball with ease just 18 yards from Magdalen’s keeper while striker Alex Toogood wandered freely between the two central defenders. Goals looked likely during every attack as the home side cowered before Worcester’s rapier blades.The rout began with three minutes gone. Michael Hobbiss embarrassed right back Doug Kelly to win a corner from which Matt Roberts scored.Three minutes later Toogood launched himself on the hesitant back-line, blazed towards goal and lifted it over the keeper. A quarter of an hour gone and Toogood claimed his second. The inevitable fourth went to Worcester’s emperor. A corner from the right was missed by two defenders, as well as Hobbiss, and Beanland thumped it into the net. And in the best move of the match the visitors almost added a fifth before half time. Beautiful one-touch football between Lucian Weston and Toogood spread the defence. Weston had the chance to convert his own good work but he was unable to sidefoot in from six yards.If you’d had the urge to eavesdrop on Magdalen’s half-time team talk you would have heard the captain tell his side to ‘win the second half.’ Well, they only conceded three in the next 45 minutes which was a victory of sorts. Toogood secured his hat-trick with a splendid curled shot from the edge of the box and minutes later, with Magdalen failing to clear a harmless bouncing ball, Hobbiss’ volley sealed a fine captain’s performance.Magdalen’s humiliating performance was ended in the most fittingly humiliating fashion. Toogood’s miscued free-kick skipped round the wall, under the keeper and with a resounding ring like a death knell, squirmed off the post and into the back of the net. In a single game seven goals had passed what had been the most feared side of the top division: the balance of power has undergone a seismic shift and the fight for the crown is on.ARCHIVE: 2nd week MT 2005last_img read more

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Bayonne Briefs

first_img× Seven cars stolen over two-day periodSeven cars were stolen over a two-day span on the weekend of September 14-16. On Friday, September 14, a 2017 Honda, a 2003 Nissan, a 2017 Hyundai and a 2018 Toyota were stolen in midtown, from 24th to 28th streets, according to the Bayonne Police Department.On Saturday, three cars were stolen throughout the day, including a 2012 Toyota from West 19th Street, a 2000 Toyota from Edwards Court and a 1996 Chevy from East 24th Street. Bayonne police also reported six car burglaries over the same weekend.Second man charged with murder of 23-year-oldThe investigation into the murder of a 23-year-old Bayonne man on September 4 in Jersey City has implicated another person, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.Alexander Harris, 29, was charged with murdering Eric Crocker, of Bayonne, who was allegedly shot on Lembeck and Ocean avenues and pronounced dead on the scene.Harris was also charged with conspiracy to commit murder and weapons offenses related to a firearm. On Saturday, September 15, Jahmir Thomas, 20, of Jersey City, was arrested on the same charges in connection to the killing.The prosecutor’s office said that security footage showed Crocker allegedly suddenly getting up from sitting on a doorstep to run west on Lembeck Avenue. The shooter then allegedly took off the garment covering his face, gloves, and a hat and placed them under a car, then crossed the street to get into a minivan. Both Harris and Thomas were allegedly seen getting out of the minivan.The investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit is ongoing with the assistance of the Jersey City Police Department. Jersey number retired for Bayonne football hall of famerThe Bayonne High School football program retired the number of a former star defensive back, Dana Hughes, who played in the NFL and was enshrined in Bayonne High School’s hall of fame in 2008.Hughes’s No. 3 jersey is the second number that will be retired by Bayonne’s football program in its 115-year history. Paul Cancro, a 1956 graduate and former athletic director, had his No. 40 retired.Bayonne went 17-3 in the 1987 and 1988 seasons behind Hughes’s performance. The team won the HCIAA-South Division title in both years and won the HCIAA crown during his senior season. That 1987 team made it to the Section 1, Group 4 final, where they lost to Paterson Kennedy.Hughes attended the University of Iowa, where he started for four seasons before being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993. Bayonne medical student receives white coat at NYITCOM CeremonyMichael Morgan of Bayonne was among the medical students who received their first white coats at a recent NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) ceremony.NYITCOM students from the Old Westbury Long Island campus experienced this rite of passage signifying their official start in medical school at an event held August 15 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. Of the 295 new medical students, six were coated by family members who are NYITCOM graduates, known as legacy coaters. Bill to improve mental health coverage advancesLegislation intended to ease the financial burden of treatment for mental health and behavioral disorders won unanimous approval in the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee last week, according to NJ Spotlight. The measure would require insurance companies to cover behavioral health care services at the same benefit level as other medical care. The bill would mandate that health insurance companies provide data each year showing state regulators that their coverage meets the requirements of a 2008 federal “mental health parity” law.Hoboken mayor calls sex acts at bar ‘affront to human decency,’ seeks bar’s liquor licenseA restaurant and bar in Hoboken that advertises itself as New Jersey’s “ultimate nightlife destination” has agreed to remain closed while the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board investigates reports of lewd sex acts being performed in front of a large crowd. Graphic video of the incident at The Hub’s promotion party called “Supreme Saturdays at HUB” has been widely circulated on social media. Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla called the incident “an affront to human decency” and a “horrific objectification of women.” He is seeking the revocation of The Hub’s liquor license.State could save $500 million on employee health careChanges to government-employee health plans will save taxpayers nearly $500 million while raising premiums slightly for public employees, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday, according to NJ Spotlight. The governor and union leaders reached an agreement for the changes in health coverage for about 800,000 public workers and retired employees starting in 2019. The changes will affect teachers and municipal, county, and state workers. Some of the savings will come from moving retired workers to Medicare Advantage plans.NJ may ban smoking on boardwalks, cemeteriesLegislation has been introduced in the state Senate and the Assembly to extend smoking bans to boardwalks and other outdoor public places, according to NJ Spotlight. If the bill becomes law, smoking would be prohibited on boardwalks, at amusement parks, cemeteries, racetracks, sporting facilities, recreational areas, marinas, historic sites, and natural areas.Marijuana draft bill provides for smoking loungesA draft of legislation to legalize marijuana in New Jersey calls for what could be the lowest marijuana taxes in the nation, pot delivery, and places for users to smoke outside their homes, according to NJ.com. If the bill is approved as written, marijuana would be taxed at a rate of 10 percent. Under this version of the bill, businesses with a marijuana retail license would be able to apply to have a consumption space on the same premises as their dispensary.Foreclosures are way down in NJ, report saysA new report says that the backlog of foreclosure cases pending in the New Jersey court system has been reduced significantly, NJ Spotlight reports. At one point there were nearly 150,000 foreclosure cases on the court docket. That number has been reduced to fewer than 28,000. The average length of time from the filing of a complaint to a judgment has been cut to 114 days from 1,360. The report includes recommendations for further improvements in the foreclosure process. Former Police Chief Jim Sisk dies at 79Former Bayonne Police Chief and public safety director, Jim Sisk, died on Tuesday night, September 18, at the age of 79. He was sworn into the BPD in 1964 and served as chief for 14 years, from 1982 to 1996.“Throughout my formative years on the Bayonne Police Department, Chief Sisk earned my utmost respect and admiration, but more than that, I called him a friend,” said Bayonne Mayor James Davis. “Our city is a better place because of Chief Sisk, and our city is a lesser place without him.”Sisk, whose family has strong ties to law enforcement and firefighting, received many honors and commendations during his time on the force.“He was a giant among men,” Mayor Davis said.last_img read more

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Pinwheel Garden for Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey

first_imgOn Saturday people from all over came to the Ocean City Block Party to purchase crafts, sample the wares from local restaurants, and enjoy the spring like weather. Several non-profit organizations took the opportunity to raise money to help the community.One such organization, the Colony Club of Ocean City, part of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs, raised money through the sale of blue and silver pinwheels to support the Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey organization, which is the state project of the Federation. This organization is dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect through education. Education may take place in hospitals, through home visits, preschools, and group sessions. Training is also provided for those working with preschoolers and young people.The Pinwheel Garden, set up in Mark Soifer Park, was established to bring awareness to this program. Supporters were asked to donate a dollar for each pinwheel. The pinwheel was then planted in the garden to provide a positive reminder that all children deserve a healthy, happy, and safe childhood.Previously, on April 27 at a City Council meeting, Jim Mallon, Business Administrator, read a proclamation from Mayor Gillian declaring April 2017 as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Several members of the Colony Club attended the meeting, including Bonnie Hyson, Diane Mozzo, Colony Club president, Diane Root, Pat Smith, Barbara Weber, and Jane Snyder, Southern District State Project Chairperson. Within the proclamation, family and community communication was urged in order to strengthen and provide a positive environment for all children.The Pinwheel Garden was a great success. The Colony Club is dedicated to supporting programs that benefit our community.last_img read more

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Vision Capital realigns Northern Food purchases

first_imgVision Capital has ordered a shake-up of former Northern Foods’ bakery businesses, after its purchase of the assets was approved by shareholders on 15 January.Some 50 jobs are to go at Pork Farm Bowyers in Trowbridge, which makes pork pies, sausage rolls and similar products, as part of changes planned for the next four to five months. A statement from the firm said: “It is proposed to consolidate the Trowbridge operation into two of the three buildings currently in use.”And more than 250 jobs are to go at Northern Foods’ Riverside Bakery in Nottingham. Production of ready meals is being transferred to Sheffield and Carlisle, creating 190 jobs there. Quiche production will continue at Riverside. The factory employs 650 people, 390 of whom will transfer to the new owners.The businesses bought by Vision are Fletchers, which consists of a head office based at Sheffield (where the main manufacturing facility is located), together with three other manufacturing sites at Whitefield, Harlesden and Barnsley.The chilled pastry division manufactures chilled savoury pastry products at six sites: Market Drayton, two sites in Nottingham, Trowbridge, Shaftesbury and Sheffield.Park Cakes labels ambient and chilled bakery products on two sites at Oldham and Bolton, for a number of own-label customers.Smith Flour Mills runs from three sites at Worksop, Langley Mill and Holbeach.last_img read more

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Notre Dame basilica makes schedule changes

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Notre Dame basilica makes schedule changes Twitter WhatsApp By Tommie Lee – March 12, 2020 0 287 Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleCoronavirus has come to Michiana: Here’s what you need to knowNext articleSouth Bend woman gets 120 months for heroin dealing Tommie Lee (“Basilica of the Sacred Heart (#0720)” by regan76, CC BY 2.0) As a result of Notre Dame’s decision to move their classes online until April 13, there are now also changes to the worship schedule at the basilica.There have been changes to the schedules for masses, confessions, and more through the 13th of April.So far, however, there has been no decision made about the schedule for Holy Week and Easter.You can find the revised schedule from the campus ministry by clicking here Facebook Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Google+last_img read more

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New medical clinic planned for Goshen

first_img New medical clinic planned for Goshen Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Facebook Twitter Facebook Pinterest Previous articleOhio man jailed in LaPorte County on drug dealing chargesNext articleBusiness Cleaning Contest 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Google+ By 95.3 MNC – January 11, 2021 0 436 Google+ (Photo supplied/Goshen Health) A small group gathered on Friday, Jan. 8, to commemorate the construction start of a new Goshen Physicians Family Medicine location in Parkway Plaza on the corner of CR 17 and CR 14/Middlebury St. at 851 Parkview Ave., Elkhart, previously Sauk Trail restaurant.Construction is expected to be finished in late November.The new office will accommodate six primary care providers. In addition, specialty providers will offer appointments at this location, including orthopedic care.The facility will include:15 exam roomsTwo phlebotomy rooms for quick and convenient lab testingTwo procedures room for minor skin procedures and fracture careRadiology wing for X-ray servicesPharmacy with drive-thru service WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

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News story: Bold new measures to keep people safe on the roads

first_img Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 government publishes 2 year action plan to improve safety of vulnerable road users funding boost for police use of video evidence, and new 15% local infrastructure investment goal minister Jesse Norman announces search for new cycling and walking champion, to promote cycle and pedestrian-friendly policies People who choose to cycle or walk should be able to do so in a safe and welcoming environment; active travel is not only great for personal health but public health too. With cyclists and pedestrians among the most vulnerable on our roads, safety, and the perceptions of safety, need to be addressed to encourage more people to leave their cars at home and get active. We welcome the government’s action plan, which couldn’t be more timely as people across the country are encouraged to be more #BikeSmart for national Road Safety Week. Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Joe Irvin, Chief Executive, Living Streets said: The action plan will also assess whether insurance companies could offer discounts to drivers and motorcyclists who have passed Bikeability training. The DfT will work closely with courier companies to explore incentives for drivers who undergo training in driving safely alongside cyclists, pedestrians and horse-riders.The action plan builds upon the feedback of more than 14,000 people, including organisations such as Brake, Living Streets, Cycling UK and the British Horse Society – who responded to the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy Safety Review call for evidence.We are seeking to make cycling and walking the natural choices for shorter journeys, or as part of a longer journey, by 2040. Since the strategy was published, councils and metro mayors have allocated an additional £700 million to active travel initiatives, with almost £2 billion being invested in this area over this Parliament.The government announced that it would review guidance in the Highway Code on how road users should behave in relation to cyclists and pedestrians, as well as other vulnerable road users. The review will be conducted in consultation with all key stakeholders, including those representing equestrians. News desk enquiriescenter_img A number of ground-breaking initiatives have been announced as part of a 2 year action plan to improve road safety.The 50 proposed new measures are part of the government’s plan to combat road rage, encourage greater mutual respect between road users and protect the most vulnerable.Councils will be given powers to tackle dangerous parking in mandatory cycle lanes, and will also be encouraged to spend around 15% of their local transport infrastructure funding on walking and cycling.Cycling and Walking Minister Jesse Norman said: Too often people walking pay the ultimate price on our roads. This is unacceptable and we need opportunities like this to make our roads safer. Looking to improve the Highway Code for walking and cycling, and appointing a cycling and walking champion can help make our streets safer for everyone. Lower speed limits in urban areas, more time to cross at light-controlled crossings, better street maintenance and constraints on pavement parking can all help encourage people to choose these cleaner and healthier ways to travel. Greater road safety— and especially the protection of vulnerable road users such as cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders – is essential. We want to improve air quality, encourage healthy exercise, reduce obesity and boost our high streets and economic productivity. That means more support for cycling and walking, and that’s why these new measures are designed to deliver. As part of the action plan, a bespoke new back office unit will be set up so that police can analyse video evidence submitted by the public. This builds on the success of Operation Snap – a successful programme first piloted by North Wales Police in 2016 – and will allow police to handle video and photographic evidence submitted via dash cams.The Department for Transport (DfT) will also appoint a new cycling and walking champion, to ensure new policies meet the needs of road users across the UK, and will host a new 2019 Bikeability Summit encouraging businesses to promote cycling and walking schemes to their employees.Joshua Harris, director of campaigns at Brake, the road safety charity, said: Switchboard 0300 330 3000last_img read more

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Non-essential businesses across state issued new restrictions

first_imgAUGUSTA – Governor Janet Mills ordered non-essential, public-facing businesses across the state to close their physical locations for the next 14 days, effective tomorrow, in a reinforcement of last week’s recommendation.Mills announced the order at a press conference held Tuesday afternoon. At that same conference, Maine Center for Disease Control Director Nirav Shah said that 118 people from 10 counties had tested positive for novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. A total of 3,014 tests have come back negative. A total of 74 cases have been reported in Cumberland County, with mostly single-digit numbers of cases in nine other counties, including today’s addition of Waldo County. Shah has repeatedly asked Mainers to assume that COVID-19 in their own communities.“Maine people should live their lives as if COVID-19 is in their community,” said Shah. “Physical distancing in every part of Maine is crucial to limit potential spread of the virus. You can be there for loved ones without being in the same place.”The Executive Order, signed by the governor under the authority granted by the State of Civil Emergency, reinforces the March 18 recommendation that all non-essential businesses in Maine close physical locations that are public facing, meaning those that allow customer, vendor or other in-person contact. The order also closes non-essential business sites that require more than ten workers to convene in a space where physical distancing is not possible.“Today, I am taking further action to mitigate the spread of the virus, to protect the health of our loved ones and fellow citizens, and to safeguard the capacity of our health care system,” said Mills in a statement. “I recognize these decisions will create significant difficulties for people and businesses across our state, but we are confronting an unprecedented challenge that is threatening the health and safety of our people.”Non-essential businesses and operations subject to the Governor’s Executive Order include, but are not limited to, shopping malls, fitness and exercise gyms, spas, barber shops, hair salons, tattoo and piercing parlors, massage facilities, nail technicians, cosmetologists and estheticians, electrolysis services, laser hair removal services, and similar personal care and treatment facilities and services.The Executive Order excludes businesses that provide essential services including, but not limited to: food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair and hardware and auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical, behavioral health and health care providers, child care, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and animal feed and supply stores, shipping stores, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.Owners of businesses not listed here, but who do believe their business qualifies as essential may request that designation here: https://www.maine.gov/essentialservice. Questions may also be directed to [email protected] Maine State Chamber of Commerce issued a statement in support of the order, with President Dana Connors saying that “the number one priority at this time is safeguarding the public’s health.”“Adhering to the governor’s order will protect everyone’s health, the health of fellow citizens, the health of workers on the frontlines, and the capabilities of our hospital systems to care for those in need,” Connors said. “The sooner we take these actions to flatten the curve of COVID-19, the sooner we will get through this and Maine can get back to business.”State government remains open, but offices have significantly moved to work remotely, limited client engagement and have required physical distancing within office buildings. The Department of Administrative and Financial Services estimated that 70 percent of state government employees are working remotely. The governor urges Maine people to avail themselves of the state’s online services and resources.For those essential businesses that remain open, Mills strongly urged them to implement physical distancing measures. She specifically urged high-traffic retail stores in Maine that provide essential goods and services to immediately employ strategies to reduce congestion in their stores, including.For stores with a physical retail space of more than 5,000 feet, limiting customers to no more than 100 at any one time;Enhancing their curbside pick-up and delivery services;Staggering their hours for shoppers of a certain age;Closing fitting rooms;Cautioning customers against handling merchandise they are not purchasing;Marking six-foot measurements by the cashier stations and reminding customers to remain six feet apart while in store;Staggering break times for employees and require frequent hand-washing;Frequently sanitizing high-touch areas, such as shopping carts.Recommendations from public health professionals is for people to practice physical distancing and take the same preventive measures they would to avoid catching a cold: wash hands often for 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes and stay home if sick.Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, shortness of breath and lower respiratory distress. Call ahead to a health care professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness. Health care providers will make the initial determination on whether COVID-19 testing is necessary.last_img read more

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