FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Allen County health commissioner announced Tuesday that he will add additional local public health restrictions due to the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases in the community.
Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter announced that the Public Health Order, will go into effect on Sunday, Nov. 22 at midnight.
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“This order is focused on where we see the spread of COVID-19 locally and nationally,” Sutter said. “There are many good people who will be hurt by this pandemic, and my goal first and foremost is for the health of this community.”
The order places limits on social gatherings and events as well as capacity limits in restaurants, bars and fitness centers depending on the county’s status in the color-coded categories established in Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-48.
The county will move to the more restrictive limits when the state metric rises, however it will not move back to less restrictive levels until the metrics remain in that state category for two consecutive weeks.
When the county is in the orange category according to state metrics, any social gatherings between 51 to 250 people must be approved by the Department.
If the county moves to the state’s red category, events between 26 to 100 people must receive Department approval.
Gatherings and events above 250 in orange and 100 in red are not permitted.
When the county is in the red category according to state metrics, bars, restaurants and fitness centers are required to operate at 50 percent capacity with other safety protocols outlined in the order put in place.
Local city and county elected officials, as well as leadership from Lutheran and Parkview hospital systems, say they support additional local restrictions.
They acknowledged that the community must take steps now to lessen the impact of the surge, enable hospitals and healthcare workers to continue responding to the pandemic in addition to other important medical services, and avoid unnecessary deaths from the virus.
The full Allen County public health order can be viewed below or click here.