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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