What Evansville Residents Should Know About Mayor Winnecke's New COVID-19 Order

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke's new Executive Order goes into effect on Monday, Oct. 19.

Posted: Oct 16, 2020 4:33 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2020 4:57 PM

On Friday, Oct. 9, Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke announced a new Executive Order, which for the City of Evansville, would increase size restrictions that were already in place under Stage 5 of Indiana's reopening plan.

The new Executive Order goes into effect on Monday, Oct. 19, and will only last for seven days due to state statute and local ordinance, but Mayor Winnecke said that upon its expiration, it would "likely" be extended.

Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer on Friday made some clarifications as to several parts of the order:

Under the Executive Order, "organizers of any social or civic gatherings where the total number of those in attendance is reasonably expected to exceed 125 persons are required to submit a written event plan to the Vanderburgh County Health Department at least 10 business days before the date of the event.":

  • A "social or civic gathering" is defined as an event involving multiple persons from different households. It does not apply to retail stores, restaurants, worship services, or any office space.

Event organizers must submit a written event plan to the Vanderburgh County Health Department at least 10 business days before the date of the event:

  • If an event/gathering doesn't have an approved plan by the Vanderburgh County Health Department, local law enforcement will ask the attendees to leave. Refusal can lead to further action by law enforcement per city code.
  • The Event Approval form that must be submitted to the health department can be found here.

The Vanderburgh County Health Department may approve, deny, or make changes to plans submitted by event organizers.

You can view Executive Order No. 2020-4 in its entirety by clicking here.

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