Mayor Winnecke announces gatherings of 125 people must be approved by health department

Evansville mayor shares takeaways from meeting with State Health Commissioner

Mayor Winnecke announces gatherings of 125 people must be approved by health department

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - On Thursday morning, local hospital officials, representatives from the Vanderburgh County Health Department and Mayor Lloyd Winnecke met with Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box.

The group discussed current trends, problem areas, and needs of our medical community.

“We’ve had some friends we know who had to be on a ventilator and it got really rough, but thank God he’s doing a lot better now,” Evansville visitor Deidre Dickerson recalled.

Across Indiana, nearly 130,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed.

More than 3,500 people have died as a result of the virus.

“I’m just trying to not let this thing rule me too much, so trying to find a healthy in-between,” Ryan Stenftenagel told 14 News.

“I’m tired of it,” Amanda Meyer shared. “Tired of it all.”

Mayor Winnecke also met with members of the Vanderburgh County Board of Health on Thursday. They held a COVID-19 update Friday morning to share takeaways from these meetings.

During that update, Mayor Winnecke announced that gatherings with 125 people or more will have to be approved by the health department.

“Now is the time to ask yourself if you really need to attend that party, reception, visitation, reunion or sporting event," Mayor Winnecke said. “At the very least, proper adherence to CDC guidelines is necessary to protect yourself and others."

He said this will begin on October 19, and event organizers would need to submit a written plan to the health department 10 days before the event.

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Officials say an event plan must outline the steps that will be taken to protect against the spread of COVID-19 and should address the following:

  • Guest Information
  • Screening
  • Social Distancing
  • Sanitation Measures
  • Face Coverings
  • Compliance

They say the Vanderburgh County Health Department may approve, deny, or request adjustments to an event plan.

“We’re going to ask specific questions, you know, square feet of the venue, is it inside, is it outside, we are going to ask, how many people obviously are going to be there or how many you expect," Vanderburgh County Health Department Administrator Joe Gries said.

You can watch the mayor’s full press conference in the video below.

Evansville Mayor Winnecke full update

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