On March 6, 2020, Governor Holcomb declared a public health emergency in Indiana due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Holcomb implemented a 5-stage reopening plan which allowed businesses and public spaces to gradually return to maximum capacity. Now, after three months of Stage 4.5, which was extended three times, Indiana will move into the 5th and final stage of reopening on Saturday, September 26, 2020.
Stage 5 means that restaurants, bars, fitness centers, and retail stores may open and operate at full capacity. However, social distancing procedures and masks should still be utilized. Masks should be worn over the nose and mouth when inside of businesses, public buildings, and other indoor places open to the public, as well as outside where appropriate social distancing cannot be maintained. The mask mandate does not extend to private offices, workspaces, or meetings in which 6 feet of separation between individuals can be observed. Gatherings or events where more than 500 individuals will be present must submit an event plan to local health officials for approval before proceeding.
Individual counties may proceed with more restrictive reopening plans than those outlined at the state level. Governor Holcomb stated that the plan will be reevaluated in three weeks to determine if restrictions should continue.
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