Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb Friday unveiled a plan that could lead to the state being fully re-opened by the 4th of July.
In his Friday virtual briefing, the Governor said because Indiana has been trending in the right direction regarding COVID-19 with respect to available hospital beds and ventilators, he was able to move forward with his proposal which would occur in the following stages…
Stage 2 (May 4 – 23)
- Essential only travel is lifted.
- The limit on gatherings increases from ten to 25 people (while still maintaining proper social distancing)
- Retail and commercial outlets can re-open at 50-percent occupancy;
- Malls may reopen at 50-percent occupancy, but only 25 percent in the building’s common area.
- Offices may re-open, however, the state encourages working remotely.
- Libraries may open.
- Half the state’s BMV branches will reopen, but by appointment only.
- Manufacturers can restart their facilities, following OSHA guidelines on COVID-19
- No limits on in-door church gatherings, but they are encouraged to maintain social distancing and continue to hold virtual services.
- After one week at stage 2
- Personal services (i.e., barbers and salons) can reopen, but by appointment only
- Restaurants and bars that serve food can re-open at 50-percent capacity.
Due to the high concentration of COVID-19 cases, Stage 2 would not apply to Marion and Lake Counties until May 11 and Cass County until May 18.
Stage 3 (Begins 5/24)
- Limits on group gathering increased to 100.
- Gyms, fitness centers, and playgrounds may reopen with restrictions and social distancing
- Movie Theatres (at 50-percent occupancy)
Stage 4 (Begins 6/14)
- Limit on social gatherings increased to 250
- Bars and nightclubs can open at 50-percent capacity.
Stage 5 (Begins 7/4)
- All restrictions are limited.
Despite the directives, the Governor said counties still had the authority impose tighter restrictions. In addition, he said if the state did see a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, the plan gives them enough flexibility to mitigate the situation.
You can get a more detailed look at the Governor’s proposal here.
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