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Local COVID-19 restrictions tightened as Allen County expected to return to “red”

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Allen County health officials have renewed the public health order as COVID-19 continues to spread through the community.

Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Sutter said the county's color-code status, updated each week by the state department of health, is expected to move from orange to red.

“As we expect Allen County to again shift to the state’s red category this week, we believe ongoing limits are needed in spaces where spread is more likely,” Dr. Sutter said. “We ask our community to please continue being vigilant with public health measures that work to slow the spread of this deadly virus.”

The county's renewed order, which goes into effect Jan. 13 at midnight, mirrors social gathering and event limits laid out in Gov. Holcomb’s executive order.

It also continues capacity limits in restaurants, bars and fitness centers depending on the county’s status in the color-coded categories outlined in previous local orders.

While the county is in the red category, all social gatherings and events are limited to no more than 25 people.

Under the local order, bars, restaurants and fitness centers are required to operate at 50 percent capacity with other safety protocols outlined in the order in place. And collegiate and professional sports organizers seeking spectator attendance at sporting events not already defined in the governor's order must submit a safety plan to the Allen County Department of Health for approval at least seven days in advance.

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The county will not move back to less restrictive levels outlined in the orders until the color-coded metrics remain in that state category for two consecutive weeks.

Jazlynn Bebout

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

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