Members of the Old Order Amish community in Seymour and southern Webster County — communities known as the “Highway A” and “Highway C” Amish — are advised that they are not exempt from the executive order issued late last week by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson.

In his order, Parson prohibited the gathering of 10 or more people, regardless of age, as part of statewide social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus, commonly known as COVID-19.

Church services are not exempt from the statewide order.

Any social gatherings also are included.

Webster County Presiding Commissioner Paul Ipock, R-Diggins, said Monday that the three-person county commission has contacted officials from the Webster County Health Unit to ensure that the county’s Amish community is aware of the COVID-19 pandemic and also of the statewide regulations in place.

“I don’t envision any sort of an issue with compliance,” Ipock said. “Once the Amish are aware of governor’s order, which many of them may not know about, then I’m very confident that they will comply with social distancing.”

Early Monday, there were more than 42,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S., including more than 100 in the state of Missouri.

A week prior, there were less than 100 cases nationally.

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