NOBLE COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) - Due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Noble County, the county's public health official has reinstated restrictions.
Much of northeast Indiana returned to the riskiest grade of COVID-19 spread, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
Noble County is now in the "red," which indicates high levels of community spread of the coronavirus. This designation also means the county is under the strictest restrictions from Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's executive order.
Noble County Health Officer Dr. Terry Gaff issued a new public health order that takes effect Jan. 16. It is set to expire on Jan. 31.
Bars, restuarants and other social venues are now limited to 50 percent capacity indoors, though they remain at 100 percent capacity if they have outdoor seating availible.
The Noble County Health Department says outdoor tent seating is permitted only if the tent has at least two open-air sides for maximum ventilation.
These establishments must be closed and cleared of customers between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. according to the order.
Gyms and fitness centers are also restricted to 50 percent capacity.
See the full order here:PUBLIC-HEALTH-ORDER-Noble-County-January-2021-002