ADAMS COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) - Citing an exponential growth in COVID-19 cases, Wednesday night Adams County's Health Officer Dr. Mike Ainsworth announced new restrictions for the county.
Ainsworth said he and all other health officers in Northeast Indiana have agreed on the same guidelines.
Ainsworth said the county is "barely" in orange, as designated by the Indiana State Department of Health's color-coded map, and that it's "a matter of time" before it enters red.
The new guidelines are modifications to Governor Eric Holcomb's executive order.
In Adams County and the other counties in Northeast Indiana, Ainsworth said the following changes will be implemented:
For counties in the orange: anyone petitioning to hold an event above the 50 people allowed at a gathering is restricted to 250 people.
For counties in the red: anyone petitioning to hold an event above the 25 people allowed at a gathering is restricted to 100 people.
For counties in the red: buffets and self-service are not allowed. Instead, restaurant employees must serve customers.
"We don't want to really go after and shut down restaurants and bars and grocery stores. We would rather have community-wide involvement, where everybody steps up and does the right thing," said Ainsworth.
A member in the audience at Wednesday's meeting asked about the Amish Community in Adams County.
Attorney Adam Miller, who represents the Adams County Health Department said, "We sent them a number of different letters explaining what was happening and why it was so important for them to also be wearing masks and social distance."
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