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Seneca County Health Commissioner: Facebook Marketplace sales are not allowed amid virus

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TIFFIN — Seneca County Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer, MPH, offered some clarification Tuesday on her recent order banning garage sales, yard sales, and online marketplace sales amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“Regarding garage sales, online marketplace, and any other UNREGULATED sales from a person’s home; they are not allowed. That also means Facebook Marketplace sales are not allowable. The key word is unregulated,” Schweitzer said in a statement released Tuesday.

In a press release Monday afternoon, Schweitzer said that under the stay-at-home order issued by Gov. DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, no garage or yard sales are allowed in Seneca County until further notice.


Schweitzer said the ban on garage/yard sales applies to all cities and villages contained within Seneca County. All of Fostoria is included no matter which of its three counties residents live in.

“Furthermore, under the Stay at Home order, garage/yard sales, online marketplaces, or any other unregulated sale from a person’s home is not identified as an Essential Business,” Schweitzer said in the news release.

Schweitzer said the prohibition of these types of sales has been implemented to reduce the risk of the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

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