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[ARCHIVED] EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 2021-04

EXECUTIVE ORDER HEALTH

ORDER NO. 2021-04 OF THE EAST CHICAGO HEALTH OFFICER, RELATING TO 

CAPACITY LIMITS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS 

WITHIN THE CITY OF EAST CHICAGO 

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This ORDER NO. 2021-04 of the EAST CHICAGO HEALTH OFFICER is made effective as of 12:01 A.M. 

on April 8, 2021, and shall remain in effect indefinitely, until revoked, rescinded, or modified by a subsequent 

Order of the East Chicago Health Officer.  

 

WHEREAS, the Governor of Indiana has recently issued Executive Order 21-09, effective from March 31, 

2021 through 11:59 P.M. on April 30, 2021 unless extended, rescinded, or modified by a subsequent order; 

and  

WHEREAS, the Governor’s Executive Order 21-09 continues the color-coded county-by-county assessment 

system established in the Governor’s Executive Order 20-48 for implementation of COVID-19 restrictions 

on individuals and businesses, and further states, in Paragraph 12, that “unless prohibited by an Executive 

Order, local ordinances, directives, and orders may be more restrictive;” and  

WHEREAS, the Governor’s Executive Order 21-09 also provides, in Paragraph 7, that “[l]ocal health 

departments, based on the overall spread of COVID-19 within their community…may impose measures and 

restrictions on gatherings and events, including limiting the size of a social gathering or event by overall 

attendance…or at a percentage of a facility’s capacity;” and  

WHEREAS, the East Chicago Department of Public & Environmental Health is a City Health Department 

pursuant to Ind. Code 16-20-4-4 and 16-20-4-5, vested with statutory authorities including, but not limited to, 

the following:  

1. The authority to take actions authorized by statute or rule of the state to control communicable 

diseases, pursuant to Ind. Code §§ 16-20-4-18 and 16-20-4-19;  

2. The authority to forbid public gatherings when necessary to prevent and stop epidemics, pursuant to 

Ind. Code §§ 16-20-4-13 and 16-20-1-24;  

3. The authority to issue orders for abatement of conditions which transmit, generate, or promote disease, 

pursuant to Ind. Code §§ 16-20-4-13 and 16-20-1-25; and  

4. The authority to enforce health laws, ordinances, orders, rules, and regulations, pursuant to Ind. Code 

§§ 16-20-4-13 and 16-20-1-19; and  

WHEREAS, after observing a consistent decrease in its positivity rate and weekly new case total during the 

months of February and March, the East Chicago Department of Public & Environmental Health is now 

beginning to observe signs of a coming uptick or “spike” in new COVID-19 infection rates within the City of 

East Chicago; and  

WHEREAS, the East Chicago Health Department now recommends the continued enactment of restrictions 

and guidance similar to the “Stage 4.5” guidance previously issued and enacted by the State of Indiana in July 

2020, to the extent that said restrictions and guidance are equally restrictive to or more restrictive than the 

restrictions and guidance under which Lake County currently operates pursuant to the color-coding system 

set forth in the Governor’s Executive Order 20-48 and continued by the Governor’s Executive Order 21-09;   

The East Chicago Health Officer now ORDERS and ESTABLISHES the following requirements for 

operation of retail stores, attractions, venues, places of worship, gyms, banquet halls, restaurants, bars, clubs, 

and any other types of businesses or venues operating within the City, which shall remain in effect throughout 

the duration of this Order:  

1. Social gatherings, including those taking place in private clubs or banquet halls, must be limited in 

attendance to 250 or fewer participants, unless the current Lake County color level dictates a more restrictive 

limit.  A “social gathering” is defined as an event that brings together multiple people, individually or from 

separate households, in a single space (indoors or outdoors) at the same time and in a coordinated fashion 

where a significant purpose is to interact with others, including private parties, club meetings, and 

banquets.  

2. Bars and nightclubs, including hookah bars, cigar bars, and gentlemen’s and ladies’ clubs, may 

operate at 50% capacity indoors, as long as the social distancing guidelines below may be observed.  

Restaurants and retail food establishments may remain open at 75% capacity indoors, as long as the social 

distancing guidelines below may be observed. 

ALL BARS, RESTAURANTS, AND NIGHTCLUBS operating while this Order is in effect must 

adhere to the following restrictions:  

a. All establishments must be closed and cleared of all customers between the hours of 3:00 AM 

and 5:00 AM nightly.  

b. All patrons or parties must be at least six feet away from people at other tables and people from other 

households, with no more than six people at any table.  

c. Table service is required for indoor dining or drink service; customers must remain seated at tables 

and may not be allowed to congregate in open areas.  

d. Bar patrons must be seated at tables, and may not be seated at the bar. 

e. No self-service is permitted at buffets or salad bars.    

3. Cultural, entertainment, and tourism sites, including movie theaters, bowling alleys, and similar 

facilities may operate at 50% capacity as long as proper social distancing between patrons can be maintained.  

“Proper social distancing” means that all patrons not residing within the same household must be able to 

maintain a six-foot distance at all times from all other patrons within the facility.   

4. Venues, casinos, and amusements or amusement parks may operate at 50% capacity as long as 

proper social distancing between patrons can be maintained.  “Proper social distancing” means that all patrons 

not residing within the same household must be able to maintain a six-foot distance at all times from all other 

patrons within the facility.   

5 Gyms, fitness centers, workout facilities, and personal services such as barbershops or salons 

may continue operations with restrictions in place to ensure that as long as proper social distancing between 

patrons can be maintained.  “Proper social distancing” means that all patrons not residing within the same 

household must be able to maintain a six-foot distance from all other patrons at all times within the facility.   

6. Religious or worship services are not subject to a specific limitation on the number of attendees who 

may be present; however, proper social distancing between attendees must be maintained.  “Proper social 

distancing” means that all patrons not residing within the same household must be able to maintain a six-foot 

distance from all other patrons at all times within the facility.   Additionally, events other than religious or 

worship services held at a church or worship center, such as funeral dinners or wedding receptions, are subject 

to the same limitation on number of attendees as any other social gathering.   

7. All face covering requirements imposed by City of East Chicago Executive Order 20-06, City of 

East Chicago Ordinance No. 20-0007, and City of East Chicago Health Officer Order 2021-03, shall remain 

in effect throughout the duration of this Order, and further until this Order and all other noted Ordinances and 

Executive Orders are rescinded or superseded.  

8. Visitors to beaches and/or shorelines must adhere to social distancing and social gathering 

guidelines.  

Section 10(b) of the Governor’s Executive Order 21-09, effective through at least 11:59 P.M. on April 30, 

2021 unless extended, rescinded, or modified by a subsequent Executive Order, authorizes a City Health 

Department such as the East Chicago Department of Public & Environmental Health to take all available 

administrative and enforcement actions available by statute or regulation against businesses or entities failing 

to comply with the restrictions and other public health requirements for businesses set forth herein.   

The East Chicago Department of Public & Environmental Health is actively taking steps to enforce these 

restrictions within the City of East Chicago.  Business owners should govern themselves accordingly. 

SO ORDERED THIS __8_ DAY OF APRIL, 2021.    

             

      _____________________________________ 

      DR. PAULA BENCHIK-ABRINKO 

      HEALTH OFFICER,  

CITY OF EAST CHICAGO  

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