The European Market
will not begin its 2020 season on Saturday, May 16, as the Duneland Chamber
of Commerce announced last week.
And it's unclear at
this point when it will open.
Manager Bernie Doyle told the Park Board at its meeting Tuesday evening that
the Chamber, in further consultation with town officials, has determined
that May 16 was "not a realistic date" for the European Market to open.
"We're looking for a more realistic date and we want a detailed logistical
plan from the Chamber first," Doyle said. Such a plan will need to detail
safety protocols and social-distancing measures.
opening will "definitely" be a decision for the Town Council to make, Doyle
Doyle broached the
issue of the European Market during a wide-ranging discussion of which Park
Department facilities will be opened and when, following Gov. Eric Holcomb's
latest executive order providing for a gradual re-opening of businesses and
Shane Griffin announced that, per the governor's executive order, he is
tentatively set to re-open Park Department playgrounds on Sunday, May 24.
That date could well change, though, subject to any extension of the
stay-at-home order which the governor might be inclined to issue--should
COVID-19 cases and deaths suddenly spike--as well as to town officials' own
personal comfort levels.
executive order does permit local municipalities to implement more stringent
social-distancing measures if they choose to do so.
Park Board Member
Wendy Marciniak wondered when park restrooms might open and expressed the
concern that "we could have some problems if restrooms aren't available."
Town Engineer Mark
O'Dell, however, raised the possible issue of liability should restrooms be
made available to the public. Even should crews clean them more often than
once a day, he noted, "everyone's got a different definition about what
clean is. Do we clean them every hour? Every other hour? We need an opinion
O'Dell added too
that not every playground on Park Department property is paired with a
with O'Dell. "Everything's kind of tentative right now," he said. "We want
to go slowly and safely."
Member Paul Shinn
suggested that Griffin speak with other municipalities' park directors for
an overview of their plans to re-open, in an effort to get a "benchmark."
Griffin said that he would do so.
Attorney Connor Nolan, for his part, told the Park Board that the Town
Council is currently formulating a policy for organizations interested in
holding events this summer, "to do everything they can to ensure that
Chesterton is not the next super-spreader." That policy could be discussed
at the council's next meeting, Monday, May 11.