Welcome to Elkhart County. While COVID-19 did set us all back for a bit, we’re ready to make your stay here a safe and memorable one.  

While you’re here, your health and safety are very important to us. Here’s what we are doing, and some tips on what you can do, to assure that we all stay healthy. 

As of June 29, 2020, Elkhart County has ordered that face masks should be worn by all people when in public. 

Enjoying Elkhart County safely 

Your safety is top priority. For the safety of yourself and others, it’s important to continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask in public places, wash your hands frequently, and don’t travel if you’re not feeling well.   

We’re doing our part to maintain clean, safe environments, social distancing, wearing masks, taking temperatures and washing our hands frequently. Please contact businesses you would like to visit directly to get their most recent safety procedures. 

What’s open and closed 

NOTE: It’s a great idea to call an attraction, restaurant and shop to make sure they’re open before visiting.  

As of July 27, 2020, the state of Indiana’s Back on Track Indiana plan has reached Stage 4.5, while Elkhart County is at Stage 4. Here is what is allowed in Elkhart County: 

  • Restaurants may be open at 75 percent capacity; bar seating in restaurants and bars may operate at 50 percent capacity.  

  • Social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 250 people, though everyone should take care to maintain social distance. 

  • Cultural, entertainment and arts venues such as museums and theatres may operate at 50 percent capacity. 

  • Retail shops, malls and commercial businesses may operate at full capacity. 

  • Personal services providers such as hair salons, nail salons and massage therapists are recommended to operate by appointment only. 

  • Boating is allowed as well as visits to beaches and shorelines. 

  • Gyms and fitness centers may operate with class sizes and equipment must adhere to social distancing. Equipment must be sanitized after every use. Some sports activities, primarily non-contact, may resume. 

  • Manufacturing facilities may operate under CDC and IOSHA health and safety guidelines. 

All people who are 65 and older or with high-risk medical conditions should be cautious in public and observe social distance. 

Conventions, fairs and festivals remain closed. 

Want to know the most up-to-date health information for the state of Indiana, check the Indiana State Department of Health website. 

Closures & Cancellation 

We urge you to call an attraction, restaurant and shop to double-check current hours and operating practices before you visit.  

Here’s a listing of cancelled or postponed events in Elkhart County.  

Our many fine restaurants have adapted their practices and are eager to welcome guests for dine-in, take-out or delivery. Here are the restaurants working responsibly to serve you.