From Racine County Eye:
RACINE – The City of Racine is revising its “Safer Racine” ordinance to allow schools to reopen buildings and increase the capacity limits on retail stores, bars, restaurants, and indoor recreation facilities.
The revisions, released Monday by Racine Public Health Administrator Dottie Kay Bowersox, will allow all public and private school buildings within the City of Racine and the Villages of Elmwood Park and Wind Point to reopen after this Friday (Jan. 15). The schools must have an approved City Health Department reopening plan in place. Citing rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, Bowersox had ordered schools to close on Nov. 27.
The ordinance updates also include:
- Bars, restaurants, indoor recreational facilities, and licensed swimming pools revert to phase 4 of “Safer Racine,” allowing them to operate at 50 percent capacity as long as a 6-foot physical distancing can be maintained.
- Retail establishments have capacity limits lifted.
Also, some parts of the “Safer Racine” ordinance will not change. This includes:
- No change to the high-risk recreational category within the ordinance, meaning that many school sports remain prohibited
- Mass gatherings remain capped at a maximum of 50 individuals for special events at private venues.
- Indoor and outdoor mass gatherings in public venues continue to remain closed.