Canton's First Monday trade days taking extra precautions

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

Released by Julie Seymore the public information officer for the City of Canton:

CANTON, TX - First Monday personnel are taking extra precautions against the spread of disease. All staff members have been instructed to wash their hands frequently, use hand sanitizer in between, and disinfect public surface areas often. Vendors are being encouraged to follow the same precautions. Those responding to emergencies are stocked with gloves, masks and hand sanitizer. They are taking extra precautions with themselves and anyone appearing to have flu-like symptoms. Incident reporting mechanisms are in place.

Posters provided by the Department of State Health Services advising visitors of the "three C's" have been posted around the Trade Days Park. They instruct readers to...
(1) Clean - wash hands often, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
(2) Cover - cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or the crook of their elbow when coughing or sneezing.
(3) Contain - contain germs by steering clear of others who are sick. If you are sick, stay home until you're well.

Since there have been no reports of swine flu cases in Van Zandt County, City officials felt taking extra precautions was a prudent response. Over 7,000 vendors and local businesses depend on First Monday sales for their livelihood. May is one of the largest events and many business owners count on this month to help carry them through the year.

City and County officials have met to discuss an emergency response plan and are monitoring the state emergency management meetings and notices for any changes in the area's status.

Anyone who is sick is instructed to stay home in order to protect others.