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Commissioners impose new virus rules for events at Expo Center

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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 effective immediately.

Event organizers 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.

-- Increased 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 necessary.

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.”

 

Posted 7/31/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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