Barnes delays new office celebration

Barnes & Thornburg is postponing the celebration of its new office in South Bend as the surge in COVID-19 cases has led to new restrictions in St. Joseph County.

The law firm was planning a special event to commemorate its relocation into the brand-new Barnes & Thornburg Building at 201 S. Main St. Clients and community members had been invited to an outdoor, socially distanced reception scheduled for the morning of Nov. 20 but the firm announced Tuesday the event is being called off.

As Indiana seven-day positivity hits 12%, Gov. Eric Holcomb has imposed new restrictions limiting the number of people who may gather in one place. St. Joseph County has a seven-day positivity rate of 8.03%, according to the Indiana Department of Health.

Barnes & Thornburg had incorporated a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Northern Indiana into its celebration and had asked guests to bring canned goods or non-perishable items to the reception. The firm is making a financial donation to the Food Bank to offset the impact of the postponement of the celebration.

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