Special Measures/Restrictions Based On Color Code

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Blue Color Code:

  • The county will be designated as Blue when it has a point score of 0.5 or below.
  • Compliance with GENERAL REQUIREMENTS for citizens, businesses, restaurants, bars, taverns, nightclubs, K-12 educational institutions must be adhered to.
  • Local health officials should evaluate the source of positive tests, undertake targeted testing where appropriate; and issue isolation or quarantine orders if necessary.
  • A social gathering may have up to a total of 250 individuals provided social distancing requirements can be achieved and maintained, face coverings are worn, and other sanitation measures are implemented at the site where the gathering occurs. Any social gathering where more than a total of 250 individuals are invited or expected is not advised and should be cancelled or postponed. However, if a social gathering of over 250 individuals cannot be cancelled or postponed, the host of the social gathering must submit a safety plan to the local health department and receive approval from the local health department before proceeding.
  • Social gatherings or events where more than 250 individuals are invited or expected to be in attendance must submit a safety plan at least seven (7) days in advance to the local health department and must have the plan approved before proceeding.

Yellow Color Code:

  • The county will be designated as Yellow when it has a point score of 1.0 or 1.5.
  • Compliance with GENERAL REQUIREMENTS for citizens, businesses, restaurants, bars, taverns, nightclubs and K-12 educational institutions must be adhered to.
  • Local health officials should evaluate the source of positive tests, undertake targeted testing where appropriate, and issue isolation or quarantine orders where necessary.
  • Local health officials, health care providers, elected officials, school leadership and other key local leaders must convene regularly to discuss actions that could be implemented to decrease the spread of COVID in our community.
  • School officials should review plans for all extra-curricular activities and assemblies to ensure best mitigation practices are being followed.
  • A social gathering may have up to a total of 100 individuals provided social distancing requirements can be achieved and maintained, face coverings are worn, and other sanitation measures are implemented at the site where the gathering occurs. Any social gathering where more than a total of 100 individuals are invited or expected is not advised and should be cancelled or postponed. 
  • Social gatherings or events where more than 100 individuals are invited or expected to be in attendance must submit an safety plan at least seven (7) days in advance to the local health department and must have the plan approved before proceeding.

Orange Color Code:

  • The county will be designated as Orange whe it has a point score of 2.0 or 2.5.
  • Compliance with GENERAL REQUIREMENTS for citizens, businesses, restaurants, bars, taverns, nightclubs and K-12 educational institutions must be adhered to.
  • Local health officials should evaluate the source of positive tests, undertake targeted testing where appropriate and issue isolation or quarantine orders where necessary.
  • Local health officials, health care providers, elected officials, school leadership and other key local leaders must convene regularly to discuss actions that could be implemented to decrease the spread of COVID in their communities.
  • School officials should review plans for all extra-curricular activities and assemblies to ensure compliance with capacity/ attendance restrictions and other best mitigation practices are being followed.
  • A social gathering may have up to a total of 50 individuals provided social distancing requirements can be achieved and maintained, face coverings are worn, and other sanitation measures are implemented at the site where Any social gathering where more than a total of 50 individuals are invited or expected is not advised and should be cancelled or postponed.
  • Social gatherings or events where more than a total of 50 individuals are invited or expected to be attendance must submit a safety plan to the local health department at least seven (7) days in advance and must have the plan approved before proceeding.
  • Businesses should reduce the number of employees and personnel permitted to congregate in common areas or break rooms and should take additional measures to ensure social distancing is achieved in these areas.
  • Attendance at winter indoor K-12 extracurricular and co-curricular activities, including IHSAA sport events, is limited to 25% of capacity and additional measures should be taken to ensure all non-family/household groups are and remain socially distanced.
  • Community recreational sport leagues and tournaments may continue, however, attendance is limited to participants and required personnel, and parents/ guardians/ siblings for minor participants or minor children of adult participants or personnel.

Red Color Code:

  • The county will be designated as Red when it has a point score of 3.0.
  • Compliance with GENERAL REQUIREMENTS for citizens, businesses, restaurants, bars, taverns, nightclubs and K-12 educational institutions must be adhered to.
  • Local health officials should evaluate the source of positive tests, undertake targeted testing where appropriate and issue isolation or quarantine orders where necessary.
  • The ISDH will convene local health officials, health care providers, elected officials, school leadership and other key local leaders to discuss actions that could be implemented to decrease the spread of COVID in their communities, including further support from state agencies.
  • School officials should review plans for all extra-curricular activities and assemblies to ensure best mitigation practices are being followed.
  • Local officials should consider limiting hours of operation for bars, taverns, nightclubs and restaurants.
  • While it is strongly encouraged that social gatherings be cancelled or postponed, a social gathering may have up to a total of 25 individuals provided social distancing requirements can be achieved and maintained, face coverings are worn, and other sanitation measures are implemented at the site where the gathering occurs.
  • Social gatherings or events where more than a total of 25 individuals are invited or expected to be attendance must submit a safety plan to the local health department at least seven (7) days in advance and must have the plan approved before proceeding.
  • Businesses should reduce the number of employees and personnel permitted to congregate in common areas or break rooms and should take additional measures to ensure social distancing is achieved in these areas.
  • Restaurants and retail businesses are strongly encouraged to promote phone/online ordering with curbside pick-up.
  • Attendance at winter indoor K-12 extracurricular and co-curricular activities, including IHSAA sport events, is limited to participants, support personnel and parents/ guardians/ siblings. All non-competing and non-performing participants, support personnel and attendees are required to wear face coverings at all times.
  • Community recreational sport leagues and tournaments may continue, however, attendance is limited to only participants, required personnel, and parents/ guardians of mirror participants or minor children of adult participants and personnel.
  • Senior care centers activities must be cancelled or suspended.
  • Hospitals, long-term care, and other congregate settings should follow the CMS and IDSH guidance on limiting visitation based on community metrics.

Changing The County's Color Code Status:

  • The county must meet the metrics/ score of a less restrictive category for two consecutive weeks before being allowed to move to that category.
  • iA county will be moved to a more restrictive category whenever the county's metric/ score rises to a higher category.