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Effective today at 2:30 p.m., Lawrence County Health Officer Alan Smith MD issued a mandate that all restaurants and bars in Lawrence County be closed for inside dining.

Carry out and delivery at these establishments will be allowed until further notice.

There are to be no more than 50 people allowed at any gatherings. Officials say that elective and non-urgent surgeries should be postponed.

The statewide mandate issued by Gov. Holcomb will be in effect until the end of March 2020.

These and other mandates may be subject to change.

These changes have been implemented as a response to COVID-19.