New Indiana Restrictions Concerning for Event Organizers

New restrictions are now in effect as of Sunday, after Gov. Eric Holcomb voided Stage Five of his reopening plan in favor of other limitations. And the new crowd size limitations are worrisome to event organizers especially.

Posted: Nov 16, 2020 7:01 PM
Updated: Nov 17, 2020 6:23 PM

Indiana business owners biggest fears are coming true just as the holiday season begins.

With new restrictions across Hoosier counties now in effect, downsizing social gatherings once again.

And the severeness of the crowd limitations are based on which color zone each county is in.

Colors range from blue to yellow to orange to red -- depending on the least severe to most severe spread.

In Vanderburgh, the current color is orange, which means events are capped at 50 people, unless otherwise approved by the health department, leaving many straddling between following recommendations and trying to make money.

"It's devastating for any business -- especially health and business clubs,” said Matt Cassaro. "At tri-state, we're taking every step necessary to keep our members and staff safe. But I think that as long as everyone can follow the guidelines and take this seriously -- because this is not something that is going to go away."

The statewide executive order also overrides Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke’s order which actually allowed for events with up to 125 people as long as they were approved. And that even higher number was already tough on event organizers

"We've already canceled so many -- it's not going to be anything new,” said Joe Notter, president of Evansville Events. “But we're still hopeful and we feel like the community still wants to participate and so we'll find a way."

But with the new restrictions starting just as Evansville Wing Week kicks off, the restaurant fundraiser is not likely to see as many attendees as years past.

"The good news about this event is that it's in various locations -- so if we have 1,000 people participating -- which we probably will - they are spread out,” Notters said. “So, it's not necessarily like bringing people to one area or to one confined area. So, it's really up to the restaurants to enforce any mandate.'

While those who are taking safety precautions seriously ask fellow citizens to think twice before going out maskless.

"This year is much different than years past,” Cassaro said. “And that everybody has to make some changes. It's not exactly what you might want to do but it's what has to happen."

Holcomb’s new executive order lasts until Saturday, Dec. 12th

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