Vanderburgh Co. Health Dept. Plans to Crack Down on Bar and Restaurant Restrictions

The health department says mask complaints and other coronavirus issues continue to roll in daily.

Posted: Nov 17, 2020 4:05 PM
Updated: Nov 18, 2020 9:39 AM

The Vanderburgh County Health Department says they're waiting on new enforcement guidelines from Indiana's Governor's office.

"The Governor orders does say everyone should be social distancing wearing their masks that includes restaurants and bars," says Joe Gries with the Vanderburgh Co. Health Dept. 

Gov. Eric Holcomb's office says the state's alcohol beverage officers along with Indiana's Department of Homeland Security will help local health departments enforce new COVID-19 restrictions placed on bars and restaurants.

"The biggest change is that businesses are required to enforce their customers to wear masks when they're in a public area," adds Gries.

The health department says mask complaints and other coronavirus issues continue to roll in daily.

Greis adds "we have a process we have started from the beginning where we do send out cease and desist letters and then possible include fines and shutting a bar or restaurant down".

Plan clothed agents and health officials plan to start enforcing those guidelines in the coming days, cracking down on business for critical violations.

"We are looking for places separating tables, making sure people aren't sitting within six feet of each other, is going to be a process we are going to develop in the next week with the help of our state agencies," says Greis.

Anyone who works at a bar or restaurant is required to wear a mask at all times.  Anyone touching food should wear gloves.  Those guidelines have been in place since the pandemic began in March.

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