INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI)- Governor Eric Holcomb says the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission is going after businesses that aren't complying with COVID-19 restrictions. On Wednesday he said there have been unannounced visits to more than 15-hundred alcohol permitted premises since October 19th. The majority of them complied.
Of those 1,569 alcohol-permitted businesses, 47 were found not to comply with Governor Holcomb's current mask and social distancing orders. However, he says the state's approach remains an education reminder - rather than any type of punishment.
Holcomb says several counties across the state are reaching out and asking for help in making sure that businesses comply.
Along with the alcohol and tobacco commission, homeland security is also visiting businesses.
The governor says the state fire marshal, which has a staff of 40, has been also been working with local officials and businesses to make sure they are meeting all guidelines. Fire Marshals have inspected more than 70 additional sites. Holcomb says businesses that aren't complying don't face any consequences. He says that many of the businesses are happy with guidance.
“Most have been appreciative of to learn that's how they need to do it,” said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. “That's why I want to applaud so many local efforts.”
The Governor added that no one specific area of the state has stood out as a problem for non-compliance. He says when the state does step in they make sure to let local health departments know so that way they can continue to educate establishments about proper practices. He believes handling this on the local level is how the state will stop the spread of COVID-19. That’s why the state is making 20-million dollars available to local entities to help enforce guidelines through education.