The Dubois County Health Department said Friday that new COVID-19 restrictions were being put into place within the county.
the health department says the increased safety measures are "Code Orange Action Items," which are being implemented due to the sustained "medium to high community spread" within the county, the increasing positivity rate, and the significant rise in hospitalizations.
New COVID-19 Restrictions Effective Monday, Nov. 2 in Dubois County:
- Restricting the size of social gatherings (i.e. weddings, sporting events, community events, entertainment, parties, etc.) to a maximum of 250 occupants, unless a detailed plan is submitted and approved by the Dubois County Health Department. An Events Review Form may be obtained from the Dubois County Health Department or as follows: www.duboiscountyin.org under Departments please click on Health Department and find the “Events Approval” link on the homepage.
- Restricting common areas in workplaces.
- Additional monitoring to ensure physical distancing and mask requirements at events and venues as required by Gov. Holcomb's Executive Order.
- Attendance restrictions on K-12 extracurricular activities and sporting events. Participants should only meet if they are able to physically distance and wear face coverings. Additional efforts should be made to ensure social distancing such as putting up rope/tape barriers to block off seats and providing markings on the floor and chairs. If attendance will be greater than 250, an Events Review Form must be submitted.
The health department is also urging all Dubois County residents to wear masks and social distance while attending smaller family gatherings, saying those types of gatherings have contributed to a "significant amount of spread as well."
As of now, the Dubois County Health Department plans to review the county's COVID-19 status and make revised recommendations as necessary.
The county was placed in COVID-19 Orange Zone on the state health department's map earlier in October, with local health officials attributing the level of COVID-19 increases within the community to the state's entry into Stage 5 of reopening, and the refusal of individuals in the area to wear masks and practice social distancing.