The Porter County
Commissioners are announcing new COVID-19 mitigation guidelines applicable
to all events held at the Porter County Expo Center.
The guidelines are
must develop and submit to the Porter County Health Department a written
plan outlining the steps being taken to mitigate against COVID-19. Each plan
must include at least the following:
-- Capacity limits,
detailing assurances that the overall capacity will not exceed allowable
limits stipulated in the current stage of the Indiana Back on Track
re-opening plan or any more restrictive limits put in place by the County
Commissioners or Health Department.
Social-distancing measures, identifying steps taken to ensure that attendees
engage in social-distancing, such as the use of multiple entrances,
designated seating, one-way flow of attendees, ground markings, etc.
-- Face coverings,
requiring that masks be worn at all times except when a guest is seated at a
table and is eating or drinking.
sanitation, describing how the event organizer will inform guests to stay
home if sick or are part of a vulnerable population.
Once the plan is
approved or modified by the Health Department, the Expo Center will select
and provide appropriate security, paid for by the event organizer, to assure
compliance with the mutually agreed upon plan, including but not limited to
removal of guests who refuse to comply or closing down the event if
If an event is
closed down for lack of compliance, no refunds will be given.
“Every guest who
attends an event at the Porter County Expo Center should be able to expect a
healthy environment where COVID-19 safety protocols are planned and
followed,” County Commissioner Laura Blaney, D-South, said. “We’ve
instituted these measures to ensure those expectations will be met.”