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No More Early Closing Time for Bars

(La Porte County, IN) - Bars in La Porte County can now stay open past midnight under COVID-19 restrictions loosened today by local health officials.  Restaurants are also allowed to serve guests past midnight.   


The restrictions, in place since November 16th, were in response to a surge in the virus which now is on a downward trend locally and statewide.


Under her revised order, La Porte County Health Department Health Officer Dr. Sandra Deausy is also allowing self-serve buffets, salad bars, karaoke and open mic events.  Social gatherings and events shall not exceed 25-percent seating capacity.  Event organizers who plan for greater attendance will need approval from the La Porte County Health Department and will need to submit a safety plan at least five days prior to the scheduled event or gathering, Deausy said.


The mask restriction remains.  Employees and patrons of any business is required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth.


Gyms, fitness studios, libraries and funeral homes are also subject to strict adherence to social distancing requirements, she said.

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