July 4, the European Market in Downtown Chesterton was limited--under a
resolution adopted by the Town Council in May--to a maximum of 86 “units of
people,” the number who could reasonably be expected to social-distance in
the confines of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s parking lot at 220
however, the European Market expanded its footprint for the first time this
season into Thomas Centennial Park, and capacity--again, per the
resolution--has been upped to 250 people.
President Maura Durham reported to the Park Board at its meeting Tuesday
At several times on
Saturday, the new capacity of 250 was reached, Durham said, and though she
had been hoping to see 1,500 or so attend the European Market, the 1,000 who
did made a respectable crowd nevertheless.
has worked,” Durham told members. “We’re counting people in and out. People
have been pretty amicable and appreciative. It’s been going pretty
showed up this past Saturday, Durham noted, while 45 should be on hand next
Saturday. The Chamber is also considering the ways and means of expanding
the European Market across Broadway to its accustomed half of Third Street.
“So we’re going a
little bit incrementally,” Durham said. “There’s some semblance of normalcy,
business, Durham asked the board tentatively to reserve Thomas Centennial
Park for two events, should conditions on the ground make it possible to
-- The Cork Screw &
Brew, originally scheduled for March 14, then postponed to June 20, then
postponed again. The new date, assuming the pandemic is better or at least
no worse: Saturday, Nov. 7.
-- And the Taste of
Duneland, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5.
unanimously to approve those dates, contingent on the status of the public
Shelter Waiver Form
voted unanimously to approve a “COVID-19: Requirements, Waiver, and Hold
Harmless for Shelter Reservation and Events” form, which anyone reserving a
shelter must sign and abide by.
The form largely
mirrors the resolution adopted by the Town Council in May regulating
“gatherings” on park and municipal property. Among other things, shelter
renters must submit 21 days before the date of their event a
social-distancing plan if they expect attendance of 25 or more persons.
The form also
includes the following provision: “The Town of Chesterton and the Chesterton
Park and Recreation Department do not and cannot guarantee that there is no
risk of the COVID-19 virus being transmitted among people in and around the
shelter/event at _________ Park during the reservation period. The
undersigned hereby waives any and all liability and claims against the Town
of Chesterton . . . relating in any way to the COVID-19 virus and arising
out of this shelter reservation/event.”