COVID-19 and Social Distancing

March 26, 2020:

Portage Parks playgrounds are closed until further notice. If using the trails or visiting a park, please remember to use social distancing of at least six feet. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these trying times. – Portage Parks Department

 

May 3, 2020:

Important Covid-19 Update: Governor Holcomb announced a multi-stage plan for reopening facilities and services in Indiana. Below are some items of interest regarding the Portage Parks & Recreation Department:

1. The park office and lobby will remain closed to the public until June 1st. We are still available to help you via phone at 219-762-1675 and via email at [email protected]

2. Spring Youth Soccer and Spring Adult Softball seasons have been cancelled. Adult volleyball is postponed.

3. Any tournaments scheduled prior to June 14th have been cancelled or rescheduled.

4. Playgrounds will remain closed until May 23rd.

5. All Park public restrooms will remain closed until June 1st.

6. No shelter rentals will be allowed until June 1st.

7. No indoor room rentals will be allowed until after June 14th (max capacity 250). (over 250 allowed after July 4th)

8. The Splash pad at Founders Square will remain closed until further notice.

9. All programs and events prior to July 4th have been cancelled.

10. The Independence Day parade and festival, the Friday night Markets/Movies/Music, and Tuesday night Cruise nights are still being discussed. We will post more information as it becomes available.

11. Our parks and trails remain open, but please be advised the restrooms will remain closed until June 1st.

 

May 16, 2020:

The Independence Day Parade and Festival for 2020 have been cancelled.

The Friday night Markets/Movies/Music are postponed until July 10th.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. – Portage Parks & Recreation Department

 

May 22, 2020:

Due to the governor’s update on stage 3, City of Portage playgrounds will be closed until at least June 14th.  Our park office will remain open by appointment only until further order of the Governor.  We are available via phone at 762-1675 or via email at [email protected]

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. – Portage Parks & Recreation Department

 

June 14, 2020:

Due to the governor’s update and moving us into Stage 4, City of Portage playgrounds will now be open.  Please encourage children to wash their hands often and to practice social distancing. Our park office will remain open by appointment only until further order of the Governor.  We are available via phone at 762-1675 or via email at [email protected]

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. – Portage Parks & Recreation Department

 

July 4, 2020:

Due to the governor’s update and moving us into Stage 4.5, face coverings are required when entering any city buildings.  Our park office will remain open by appointment only until further order of the Governor.  We are available via phone at 762-1675 or via email at [email protected]

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. – Portage Parks & Recreation Department

 

November 24th, 2020:

Due to the governor’s update our park office is closed to the public.  We will be closed until at least December 14th.  We are available via phone at 762-1675 or via email at [email protected]

Red: The county has very high positivity and community spread. When a county is in the Red metric, these requirements remain in effect until the metric has returned to Orange or lower for two weeks.

  • Social gatherings of any kind, indoor or outdoor, are limited to 25 people.
  • A special, seasonal, or commercial event for which more than 25 people will be in attendance, must submit a plan to the local health department at least seven days in advance and receive approval before proceeding. College and professional sports are included. This requirement is effective Nov. 22.

Regardless of a county’s color code, face coverings are required for all Hoosiers. Businesses of all types are required to place clearly visible signs at their public and employee entrances notifying all that face coverings are required.

All customers in restaurants and bars are required to be seated. Tables, counters, or other seating arrangements must be spaced six feet apart.

The executive order takes effect on Sunday, Nov. 15, and runs until at least Saturday, Dec. 12.

Click here to see the executive order: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

 

December 3rd, 2020:

All Portage city buildings will remain closed to the public until at least Jan. 4. Mayor Sue Lynch has extended the closure of city buildings due to the continued rise in COVID-19 positivity numbers and the 30-day extension of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s executive order earlier this week. Porter County also remains at a red alert level.
City employees will continue to report to work and will continue to provide services to residents with a few adjustments:
– Park inquiries can be made via phone at 219-762-1675 Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm or via email at anytime at [email protected]
– Utility payments can be made at the drop box in front of City Hall, 6070 Central Ave., by mail, online or by phone by contacting the clerk-treasurer’s office at 219-762-7784;
– For licensing and permit information, call the building department at 219-762-4204 and
– All other questions can be directed to the city hall switchboard at 219-762-5425.
All City Council, Board of Works and other public meetings will continue to be held virtually.
The governor’s order states all indoor and outdoor gatherings must be limited to no more than 25 persons. Masks and social distancing of at least 6 feet is required at all times.
January 4, 2021:
Portage city offices will remain closed to the public through Jan. 24. Porter County remains at the Red Alert Level regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has extended his executive order until that date.
Officials also anticipate a surge in virus cases following the holiday.
Employees will continue to report to work to provide services to residents with a few adjustments:
– Utility payments can be made at the drop box in front of City Hall, 6070 Central Ave., by mail, online or by phone by contacting the clerk-treasurers office at 219-762-7784;
– For licensing and permit information, call the building department at 219-762-4204 and
– All other questions can be directed to the city hall switchboard at 219-762-5425.
All City Council, Board of Works and other public meetings will continue to be held virtually at this time.
February 11, 2011:
The Portage Parks Department is open to the public.  Masks are mandatory.
Porter County has been moved to COVID Alert Level Yellow.
While we are making progress, officials are asking we continue efforts to wear masks, remain socially distant and maintain all other safety precautions.
Because of our community commitment to beat back COVID, the Porter County Alert Level is at YELLOW as of today. Please don’t let up on your efforts of masking up, social distancing and adhering to the other guidelines that are now in place for YELLOW level. You can find those guidelines at https://www.porterco.org/1697/COVID-Level-YELLOW

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. – Portage Parks & Recreation Department

SOCIAL DISTANCING/SHARING THE TRAIL:

If using the trails or visiting a park, please remember to use social distancing of at least six feet. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these trying times. – Portage Parks Department