Hamilton County announces tighter restrictions in public health order


Hamilton County announces tighter restrictions in public health order

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Governor Eric Holcomb gives COVID-19 update on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

Indianapolis Star

Hamilton County will implement more strict COVID-19 regulations Wednesday that could limit the size of gatherings and reduce capacity at bars and restaurants, depending on the county’s number of new cases and positive test rate. 

Charles Harris, Health Officer for the Hamilton County Health Department, issued a public health order on Monday, intended to compliment the statewide restrictions Goc. Eric Holcomb already put in place.

Fishers has its own health department that already implemented a set of restrictions for the city.

Just like the state’s rules, the county rules will depend on the color-coded designation Hamilton County is given by the state that delineates viral spread by county based on the positive rate and number of new cases. 

Those designations are updated every Wednesday. As of Monday, Hamilton County was orange — the second highest level. 

Indiana coronavirus cases: 5,606 cases, 27 new deaths reported

If Hamilton County stays orange, starting Wednesday:

  • The health department will not approve any safety plans for social gatherings of more than 250 people. 
  • Attendance at community recreational sporting events will be restricted to 250 people.

If Hamilton County turns red:

  • Restaurants and bars will be limited to 50% capacity
  • Restaurants and bars have to close between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. in order to disinfect.
  • Bar seating will be closed.
  • Gyms must limit capacity to 50%.
  • All other non-essential entertainment businesses must limit capacity to 50%.
  • Cultural, entertainment, and tourism sites, including museums and music venues, must limit capacity to 50%. 
  • Salons and nail salons will remain open by appointment only.
  • The health department  will not approve any safety plans for social gatherings of more than 100 people.  

According to a news release from the county, “K-12 schools will be allowed to manage and implement their own plans for maintaining education services, so long as they utilize effective and appropriate measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.”

On Monday, the state announced 236 new daily COVID-19 cases in Hamiton County. Last week, the county broke the daily new coronavirus case record for the county with 363 new cases.

Already under Holcomb’s executive order, if a county is categorized as orange, attendance at indoor K-12 events is limited to 25%, recreational sports attendance is limited to participants, parents and required personnel and local health departments need to approve indoor events for more than 50 people. 

If a county is categorized as red, attendance at indoor K-12 activities, including sports, is limited to participants, parents and required personnel, and the county needs to approve indoor events held for more than 25 people.

Call IndyStar reporter Kaitlin Lange at 317-432-9270. Follow her on Twitter: @kaitlin_lange.

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