Vanderburgh Co. Board of Health votes to not allow social gatherings larger than 50 people

Health department responds to governor’s new executive order

Vanderburgh Co. Board of Health votes to not allow social gatherings larger than 50 people

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Vanderburgh County Board of Health voted on Thursday evening to not approve any gathering of more than 50 people.

Venues like Old National Events Plaza are often booked up for large gatherings, and many essential government meetings have occurred inside the venue since the COVID-19 pandemic began. However, some larger events will now have to be adjusted.

“We are going to have to work through those in the coming weeks for the events that may have expected more than 50 people," Alexis Berggren, general manager of the Old National Events Plaza said. “We are lucky here because we have so much space."

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Whether at a large venue or out for dinner, the same rules will apply for everyone.

“Even in restaurants, there will be mask wearing,"Joe Gries with the Vanderburgh County Health Department. “Businesses are going to be required to have signs on their front doors. They are going to need to enforce these things."

Gries says the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission and the Indiana State Excise Police will be checking in on businesses to make sure the governor’s executive order is being enforced.

“There has been some discussion about working with local establishments," Gries said. “Their owners, their operators, making sure they understand the rules, making sure they understand what they need to be doing."

Although Old National Events Plaza could see fewer bookings as a result, venue management says their focus remains on safety.

“For us, we understand that building trust and confidence in our audience members and our meeting planners is going to be key to bringing them back into the building," Berggren said. “And so that is what we ware focused on right now."

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