Enforcement Of COVID Guidelines & Restrictions

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Compliance with the provisions of Executive Order 20-48 and/or the Porter County Health Officer Order will be confirmed during routine food service inspections, complaint follow-ups, and/or establishment spot-checks. The following incremental steps will be taken to address non-compliance.

The Inspection Process & Consequences

Non-Compliance Establishment Warning Steps:
  • A first infraction of any of the COVID safety provisions will result in a verbal warning.
  • If the establishment has previously received a verbal warning from any of the COVID safety provisions, an additional infraction will result in a written warning.
  • If an establisment has previously received a written warning from any of the COVID safety provisions, an additional infraction will result in a 24-hour establishment closure the following business day.
  • If an establishment has previously received a 24-hour closure from any of the listed COVID safety provisions, an additional infraction will result in a 48-hour establishment closure the following two business days.
  • If an establishment has previously received a 48-hour closure from any of the listed COVID safety provisions, an additional infraction will result in an administrator’s meeting.

Opportunities To Mitigate Consequences

An Establishment May Mitigate The Consequences Of Infractions As Follows:
  • If an establishment has received a written warning and then receives two no-infraction follow-ups in a row they will move back to the verbal warning step.
  • If an establishment received a 24-hour closure and then receives two no-infraction follow-ups in a row they will move back to the written warning step.
  • If an establishment received a 48-hour closure and then receives two no-infraction follow-ups in a row they will move back to the written warning step.