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Businesses take different paths in navigating stay at home order

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Consensus is not an easy thing to find in considering how Indiana businesses are interpreting the state's stay at home executive order.

Governor Eric Holcomb has put out guidelines to define what kinds of businesses can operate during the order designed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

But those guidelines don't always provide a clear answer.

In fact, some companies within the same industry are taking different paths on the question of whether they are an essential or non-essential business.

Jared's "Galleria of Jewelry" store near Glenbrook Mall was closed Friday, two days after the governor's directive was put in force.

But a Peter Franklin Jewelers store on Dupont Road welcomed customers the same day.

We sought comment from a representative of the Peter Franklin Jewelers store about the decision to stay open, but no one was available to speak.

Viewers have raised questions about why certain golf courses in the city are open.

Coyote Creek, a private club on the northwest side, is allowing play by members only.

Several restrictions have been put in force to try and reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus by golfers, including groups being spaced 15 minutes apart.

"It's normally every seven minutes, again, keeping them (golfers) away from each other on the golf course. I understand where they're coming from, but at the same time, we've been given the okay from the state of Indiana and the governor's office. We are really nailing those precautionary measures, because we know how important that is," said Bill Blumenherst, the head pro at Coyote Creek.

Rudy's Cigar shop near Parkview Field is operating a carry-out business and is doing home deliveries of beer, wine and cigars to customers who call.

Joe Pasquali with Rudy's says the shop took a cue from other cigar retailers around the country in launching the delivery service, but Pasquali says he checked with the state before doing it.

It is not clear right now what level of commitment Governor Holcomb's administration has with regard to policing companies to make sure non-essential businesses suspend normal operations during the COVID-19 crisis, or whether businesses will more or less be on the honor system.

Jeff Neumeyer

Jeff Neumeyer is a reporter for WPTA.

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