May 7, 2020
Wayne County Commissioners and Mayor Dave Snow worked to issue a Joint Executive Order consistent with the newest recommendations by the Wayne County, Indiana Health Department and the most recent Executive Order issued by the Governor of the State of Indiana. This order includes:
1. Any restrictions associated with all prior Executive Orders jointly issued by the Board and the Mayor addressing the COVID-19 pandemic are hereby rescinded, which includes, but is not limited to, the Level Two Travel Advisory.
2. Executive Order 20-26, issued by the Governor of Indiana on May 1, 2020, is hereby adopted by the Mayor and the Board and the provisions set forth within the same shall be applicable unless expressly modified herein.
3. Any employee (public or private) who comes into contact with the public shall wear a protective face covering while directly involved and interacting with members of the public. All residents remain strongly encouraged to wear protective face coverings while in the public.
4. While we have adopted most provisions of the Governor’s Executive Order 20-26, one particular provision causes the Mayor and the Board to conclude that, based upon currently available COVID-19 data, a more restrictive and extended date for the reopening of public access swimming pools and water-featured activities, such as splash pads, both publicly and privately owned, should be imposed. The provisions of Executive Order 20-26 are so modified. Thus, pursuant to this Joint Executive Order 3-2020, reopening of such swimming pools and water-featured activities shall not occur prior to June 14, 2020, unless this restriction shall be subsequently modified by the Mayor and/or the Board.
5. In addition to the more restrictive provision set forth in paragraph four (4) above, the Mayor and the Board further conclude that the date for the reopening of movie theaters as set forth in the Governor’s Executive Order 20-26 should be extended until June 14, 2020 at which time movie theaters may open at fifty percent (50%) capacity, unless this restriction shall be subsequently modified by the Mayor and/or the Board.
6. Also, while we have adopted most of the provisions of the Executive Order 20-26, in that order the Governor makes it very clear that the phased in re-opening of the Indiana economy that is outlined in his five-stage plan, can be positively or negatively impacted by the future state and county level experiences as to the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus. As will the Governor, so too, will the offices of the Mayor and the County Commissioners continue to monitor the spread of the virus in and around Wayne County, Indiana. Thus, as we stated in our prior executive orders, our respective offices will continue to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus and we expressly reserve our right and authority, as recognized in the Governor’s Executive Order 20-26, to issue more restrictive directives to which our constituents would be subject.
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