They Ask for Public’s Help in Keeping the Economy Open
(NOBLESVILLE, NOVEMBER 12, 2020)
Governor Eric Holcomb announced new pandemic restrictions at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Hamilton County Commissioners Christine Altman, Steve Dillinger, and Mark Heirbrandt praised the Governor’s mandate, but warned that additional restrictions may be necessary if Hamilton County cannot reverse the current trajectory of its COVID-19 cases.
“Things have gotten serious. We’re concerned,” said Heirbrandt. “People have really let their guards down in recent months. We need everyone to take more personal responsibility for their actions and follow the course set by our county and state health departments.”
The commissioners met Monday with the mayors of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, and Westfield to get a better handle on what is happening in their communities and what they can do together to help combat the virus’ spread.
“It is not our intention to shut things down again,” Heirbrandt added. “In fact, I hope we don’t get to that point; but with the way the numbers are rising, we may have to make some tough choices. We all need to double down on our efforts to reverse the trends we’re seeing.”
Governor Holcomb’s new restrictions will go into effect on Sunday, November 15th. They are based on the state's color-coded map showing viral spread. Hamilton County currently falls under orange, which means it is experiencing moderate to high spread. Under the new orders, counties in orange must:
- Limit social gatherings to no more than 50 people.
- Limit attendance at winter indoor K-12 extracurricular and cocurricular events to 25% capacity.
- Reduce capacity in common areas and break rooms.
- Limit attendance to community recreational sports leagues and tournaments to participants, required personnel, and parents/guardians.
- Require a safety plan be submitted to the local health department for special, seasonal, or commercial events for more than 50 people.
Governor Holcomb says the state will make $20 million available to local governments to support virus mitigation efforts. Hamilton County is making plans to secure some of that funding.