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As Home & Garden Show nears, Coliseum will not require masks

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Governor Holcomb's mask mandate has expired, leaving health restrictions up to local governments and businesses. Next week, the Coliseum will host The Home & Garden show from April 15 to April 18. So will masks be required?

The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is owned by Allen county, and county leaders say masks will be required in county buildings. However, the Coliseum says masks are "recommended," while individual clients may choose to require masks in their event spaces.

"We are strongly encouraging our event promoters and managers to continue the mask mandate and social distancing but it is their choice within their rented space what they choose to do."

Randy Brown, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum General Manager

The Home & Garden show says they will follow the Coliseum's lead.

"We're also going to take the building's lead and we are strongly encouraging and recommending masks. We don't want anyone to come to the show and feel unsafe by any means… but that's our stand."

Becky Williamson, Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show President

A recommendation is not a requirement. Since the building is owned by the county, we wanted clarification and called the county commissioners office. Soon they called back, telling us that masks could not be required at the Home & Garden Show, but other events may choose differently.

"Most of our arena clients are continuing the process of requiring masks, requiring social distancing. I'm talking the Komets… many of the upcoming commencement ceremonies."

Randy Brown, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum General Manager

While masks will not be required at The Home & Garden Show, they'll take other precautions.

"We have widened some cross aisles and we were having one way aisles. Capacity limits have been lifted but we are still going to monitor crowd sizes so that our attendees coming to the show can feel safe. We will also have hand sanitizing stations throughout the show as well and our exhibitors will be taking those precautions too."

Becky Williamson, Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show President

"We will continue to do the enhanced cleaning, all those things we have been doing for the last year or two to make sure we have a safe environment here at the Coliseum."


Randy Brown, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum General Manager

Until more people are vaccinated, Randy Brown at the Coliseum continues to urge others to wear masks.

"The important thing is if you have a choice please wear a mask for your safety and the safety of others. It's just a good thing to do. And of course always social distance."

Randy Brown, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum General Manager
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Gabe Prough

Gabe Prough is the Weekend Evening Meteorologist for ABC21. A northeast Indiana native, he joined the StormTrack weather team in December 2019.

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