The Covid-19 pandemic is a fluid and ever-changing situation. After reviewing our bi-weekly metrics we are recommending moving back from Phase 3 to Phase 2. We have seen our positive case counts almost triple from the last two-week period. Many of our metrics are moving from green to yellow, which shows we are not moving in the right direction.
Our hope is that by making these changes now, we can help to slow the spread of the virus so it does not put a strain on our healthcare and public health systems as we move forward. These measures can also slow the spread within businesses, helping to keep businesses open.
The most significant changes in recommendations moving back to Phase 2 are the following:
- 50% capacity for indoor facilities (previously at 75%)
- 100 people maximum at outdoor mass gatherings (previously at 250)
- 50 people maximum at indoor mass gatherings (previously at 100)
These recommendations address the need to limit close contacts with many people. As more people become infected with the virus the likelihood of someone being positive at gatherings increases. By reducing the number of people in one place, we can slow the spread of the virus in our community.
Since the virus is not contained, it is very important that individuals, businesses and organizations continue to follow public health recommendations.
- Facilities have in place and are following hygiene, cleaning, and protective measure policy and procedures.
- Individuals are being diligent with hand washing, maintaining social distancing of 6 feet or more, wearing face covering in public and staying home when not feeling well.