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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Purdue University is in session, and the city of West Lafayette is readjusting to life with students back in town and back on campus.  What’s the progress report on how residents and students are sharing the same space again? And how is the city working with Purdue to stay informed about the latest COVID developments within the student body?

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UPDATE, 8/13/20: The Tippecanoe County Health Department has issued a revised version of this order. Restaurant drive-throughs -- and curbside and delivery service -- are exempt from the order, as long as those services continue to operate under COVID-19 mitigation guidelines. (The order includes bars and nightclubs in that stipulation.) In-person dining can resume at restaurants at 5 a.m. Bars and nightclubs can open "as permitted by applicable regulatory authority".



Starting Friday, all Tippecanoe County bars, restaurants, and nightclubs will operate under new restrictions from the county health department. 


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: it’s August, and after months away, Purdue University students are returning to campus for the start of a new school year. Is West Lafayette prepared for the influx of people headed into the city – and how will residents be affected in the days, weeks, and months to come?

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While the city of West Lafayette mandated mask-wearing this week to combat the spread of COVID-19, face coverings still won’t be required in Lafayette and Tippecanoe County, officials said Wednesday. 


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Face coverings are now required in West Lafayette to help mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 -- and people who violate that mandate will face a financial penalty. 



This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, West Lafayette residents are asking about masks. Mayor John Dennis says the city is finalizing a "mandatory mask policy". What does enforcement look like? Where and when should citizens wear their masks? And how do people navigate mask-wearing from West Lafayette to Lafayette, where a similar mandate is not currently planned?

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Tippecanoe County Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler said Purdue University’s Protect Purdue Plan -- released last week -- is “well thought out”, including in its reconfiguring of on-campus spaces to mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19 among students and employees, ranging from classrooms to dining halls.


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: across the country, people have been gathering daily to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. That includes demonstrations in greater Lafayette this week.  

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 261 COVID-19 cases in Tippecanoe County Wednesday. The biggest percentage of those cases --at 22.6 percent -- was in the 20 to 29 year-old age group.

Statewide, that age group represented 13.4 percent of cases.


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Indiana is starting to re-open. In Tippecanoe County, officials are watching local COVID-19 numbers to decide if and when they’ll put restrictions in place that override the governor’s. This week, county case numbers continued to rise – but is it a trend, or an isolated outbreak?