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Tippecanoe Co will start new restrictions with 10% positivity rate, White Co joins red zone counties

The new TCHD restriction will start Tuesday, Nov. 24th. White County joins 20 other Indiana counties in the red zone. Meaning Gov. Holcomb's most strict county restriction level now applies in White Co.

Posted: Nov 21, 2020 4:52 PM
Updated: Nov 23, 2020 2:00 PM

TIPPECANOE AND WHITE COUNTIES, Ind. (WLFI) - The Tippecanoe County Health Department is putting new restrictions as the county's percent-positivity rate climbs.

As we previously reported, on November 17th, TCHD released a plan of new restrictions that would take effect should the county's percent positivity rate exceed 10%.

On Saturday, County Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler said Tippecanoe County has a 10.2% positivity rate. And that effective Tuesday, November 24th, the new restrictions will begin. They will remain in effect until the county's 7-day all tests percent positivity rate drops below 10% for 14 days.

Tippecanoe County is still in the orange zone, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

In addition to Gov. Eric Holcomb's executive order for county metrics, the following new restrictions will effect Tippecanoe County:

  • Retail business - 75% capacity
  • Cultural, entertainment and tourism venues - 50% capacity
  • Senior day centers - 50% capacity
  • Gyms and fitness centers - 50% capacity
  • Restaurants
    • 50% indoor capacity
    • 100% outdoor capacity, provided that social distancing of at least 6 feet is maintained.
    • outdoor tents must have two open sides
  • Bars
    • 25% indoor capacity
    • 100% outdoor capacity, provided that social distancing of at least 6 feet is maintained.
    • outdoor tents must have two open sides

White County has now moved to the red zone, according to ISDH. This means White County will now have to operate under the red county restrictions imposed by Gov. Holcomb in his most recent executive order.

White County currently has a 7-day all tests percent positivity rate of 15.58%.

Some of the red zone restrictions include limiting social gatherings to 25 people or less with social distancing and masks, restaurants and retail are encouraged to move to curbside pick up and attendance at K-12 indoor extracurricular activities, including all IHSAA sporting events, are limited to participants, support personnel and parents/guardians/siblings. All nonparticipating people are required to wear face coverings when attending these activities.

To move to a less restrictive color zone, a county must meet the metrics/score of a less restrictive category for two consecutive weeks before being allowed to move to that category. Currently, there are 21 counties in the red zone, including Fountain and Newton Counties.

To read more about the restrictions for red zone counties, read pages 13 and 14 of Gov. Holcomb's executive order. Photo from ISDH website on Saturday, November 21st 2020. Map of Indiana's counties by designated color zone.

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