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City, County governments won’t add additional COVID-19 restrictions

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ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - The City of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Health Commissioner announced they won't add more COVID-19 restrictions once statewide mandates are lifted next week.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said he will lift the statewide mask mandate on April 6 and will leave additional restrictions up to local governments.

Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter and Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry said they will follow suit during a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Sutter started the press conference with how happy he is to see Allen County in a much better place than where we were in November, but also saying this is far from over.

He said he will lift the mask mandate in Allen County on April 6, but he encourages the community to wear masks anyway.

Dr. Stutter went on to say if he does see a surge, which includes Allen County moving into "code orange," he will adapt accordingly.

“If this virus has taught me anything, it’s that when I think I (understand) it… I don’t. This is still a deadly virus.”

Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Mathew Sutter

READ MORE: VACCINATIONS: Ages 16 and up Hoosiers now eligible

In all Fort Wayne government and municipal buildings, staff and visitors will need to wear a mask until at least July 4, Mayor Tom Henry said.

Dr. Sutter also urged the public to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Every Hoosier aged 16 and up is now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Emilia Miles

Emilia Miles joined Fort Wayne’s NBC in September 2019 as a Social Media and Digital Content Manager. Emilia also serves as a producer. She’s a Fort Wayne native and graduated from Indiana University.

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