Hamilton County to implement its own set of COVID-19 restrictions 

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As COVID-19 cases continue to climb, the Hamilton County Health Dept. has issued a public health order outlining new restrictions in addition to those put in place Nov. 13 by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

The restrictions are based on the state’s color-coded map indicating COVID-19 positivity rates by county and will go into effect at midnight Nov. 25.

As of Nov. 23, Hamilton County is orange, meaning moderate to high levels of COVID-19 transmission are occurring.

The health order states if the county is listed as orange:

  • HCHD will not approve any safety plans for social gatherings of more than 250 people.

  • Attendance at community recreational sports leagues and tournaments will be restricted to 250 people (including participants, personnel, and spectators)

If the county is listed as red (very high transmission level):

  • HCHD will not approve any safety plans for social gatherings of more than 100 people.

  • Attendance at community recreational sports leagues and tournaments will be restricted to 100 people (including participants, personnel, and spectators)

  • Restaurants, bars, taverns, nightclubs and other establishments providing in-person food and drink service must limit capacity to 50 percent of indoor capacity.

  • Restaurants, bars, taverns, nightclubs and other establishments providing in-person food and drink service must be closed and cleared of customers between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. to perform enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

  • Restaurants, bars, taverns, nightclubs and other establishments providing in-person food and drink service will only be allowed to seat customers at tables. Bar seating will be closed.

  • Table seating must be limited to six people per table and tables must be spaced at least six feet away from one another. Also, self-service food stations will be banned unless a staff member serves patrons. Outdoor tent seating will only be permitted if the tent has at least two open-air sides for ventilation.

  • Gyms, exercise, and fitness centers must limit capacity to 50 percent.

  • Cultural, entertainment, and tourism sites must limit capacity to 50 percent.

  • All other non-essential entertainment businesses must limit capacity to 50 percent.

  • Personal service businesses (including salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas, microblading and tattoo parlors) may remain by appointment.

Schools will be allowed to manage and implement their own plans for maintaining education services, so long as they utilize effective and appropriate measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

HCHD is strongly encouraging residents to quarantine for 14 days after traveling to or from another county, state or nation. All residents are asked to wear a mask outside of the home and maintain at least six feet of social distance while out in public.


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