Two new ordinances are now in effect in Camden County.

One offers protections for people and businesses ordered to close down during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Basically it says we’re not going to declare a business, organization or an individual as essential or non-essential.”

Camden County Commissioner James Gohagan tells KRMS News the ordinance also gives Camden County residents the right to refuse mandates from the state or federal level on the wearing of masks and freedom of assembly.

The other ordinance changes the county’s approach to the Hepatitis A vaccine and food service.

“We’re one of the few counties that had a Hep A. It goes against the Missouri Constitution so, we cut it out. Basically what the original ordinance said that you had to appear before the Commission to ask for a religious exemption, so we removed that.”

Resident Charlene Moore of Linn Creek says the Commission made the right call.

“By law, they’re required to give a religious exemption or a medical exemption and rather than doing that they were able to just get rid of the rule altogether, and leave it to the choice of the people.”

Commissioner Gohagan says businesses will still be able to decide if they choose to make the HepA vaccine a requirement for employment.

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