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Allen County lifts some bar, restaurant restrictions; urges community to continue caution

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Bars and restaurants in Allen County can now stay open past midnight just in time for New Year's Eve as the county's "color-code status" has improved, health officials say.

The state COVID-19 map is updated each Wednesday, and for the past two weeks, Allen County has been coded as "orange" -- an improvement from the "red" level it had been at previously.

That means restaurants and bars -- as well as gyms -- can operate a bit more freely.

“While we are encouraged to see a decrease in case numbers, positivity rates and hospitalizations in recent weeks, the lift in these restrictions is not meant to send a message that we are safe to go about life as normal,” said health commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter. “We ask Allen County residents and businesses to remain vigilant with practices that help us continue on a downward trajectory in the spread of this deadly disease.

"Please continue to stay home as much as possible; avoid gathering with people outside of your household; wear a mask in public places staying at least six feet from others; and keep washing your hands frequently.”

Businesses must still follow the directives in Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's executive order, which has been extended into late January.

Allen County's local public health order is set to expire on Jan. 10.

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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