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County relaxes some restrictions as COVID-19 numbers decline

The weather has warmed. Vaccines are going into arms. And there’s light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. Or so it seems.

Even County Executive Dr. Sam Page is feeling hopeful. On Monday, Page announced that he was loosening restrictions on private gatherings, indoor dining hours and capacity limits for conference centers and outdoor facilities.

The new guidelines, which go into effect immediately, allow private indoor gatherings of up to 20 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people. The limit had been 10. Page continued to encourage county residents to limit to three the number of separate households gathering together.

Businesses may now remain open until midnight rather than 11 p.m. The curfew does not apply to carry-out or delivery service. The 50% capacity limit for indoor dining, which was loosened last month from 25%, remains in effect.

Conference centers and indoor banquet centers can now operate at 25% capacity up from a total of 50 people. Likewise, outdoor facilities can increase their capacity up to 50% as long as social distancing of at least 6 feet between family groups can be maintained.

According to a release issued on Monday, March 8, some other businesses, including casinos, sporting venues, theme parks and museums, may submit plans for reopening, which the Department of Public Health will review and approve on a case-by-case basis.

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