City of Racine Public Health Department limits public events through July 31

Posted at 9:17 AM, May 19, 2020

RACINE — The city of Racine issued a limit on mass gatherings on Tuesday, separate from the Safer at Home order.

The Racine Public Health Department said gatherings of people and events would require approval from the city and necessary permits. These events include ones such as festivals, block parties and any that use city pavilions or facilities.

The limit expires on July 31.

The limit is separate from the city's Safer at Home order, that expires on May 26.

“As we continue to address the spread of COVID-19 in the community, we know that large gatherings present a direct threat to public health. One asymptomatic individual can infect dozens or more people and cause an outbreak. The City now has over 700 confirmed cases of coronavirus, when just a week ago we were at about 460 cases. That is why today I have issued an order to stop all large events that require City approval until July 31, 2020," said Public Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox in a press release.

Bowersox said that the department plans to issue orders later this week that will offer guidelines to businesses and residents on what will be a "phased and gradual reopening of the local economy."

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