Governor keeps state at Stage 4.5 of re-opening plan at least through July



Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb has announced the majority of the state will remain in Stage 4.5 of the Back On Track Indiana plan through at least July 31.

Elkhart County will remain in Stage 4, as it has for the last two weeks. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.

Here are the Stage 4.5 restrictions that will continue under the governor’s plan:
• State government building access available by appointment. State employees are required to wear masks in public areas, with exceptions
• Dining room food service may operate at up to 75% capacity as long as social distancing is observed
• Bar seating in restaurants may operate at 50% capacity as long as social distancing is observed
• Bars and nightclubs may operate at 50% capacity adhering to social distancing guidelines
• Cultural, entertainment, and tourism sites may operate at 50% capacity. This includes museums, zoos, aquariums, and like facilities
• Movie theaters, bowling alleys, and similar facilities may operate at 50% capacity, adhering to social distancing guidelines
• Raceways may operate at 50% grandstand capacity
• Venues may operate at a 50% capacity with adherence to social distancing guidelines

“As we actively track our health indicators and monitor the data, we continue to see the need to maintain our current levels found on Indiana’s Back On Track roadmap,” Holcomb said. “By exercising caution, good hygiene, wearing masks and engaging in proper physical distancing, we can all help slow the spread of COVID-19 so when prudent, we can further reopen our state for business.”

Holcomb said he has used data to drive decisions since the state’s first case of the novel coronavirus in early March and he continues to do so as the state continues a sector-by-sector reset. The state will continue to monitor and respond to these four guiding principles:

· The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days

· The state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators

· The state retains its ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic as well as health care workers, first responders, and frontline employees

· Health officials have systems in place to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and expand contact tracing

The state has updated its requirements for events that are permitted according to Stage 4.5. Events that expect more than 250 attendees are now required to submit a safety plan to their local health department for approval prior to opening. This is effective July 23.

Other social gatherings and meetings remain limited to no more than 250 people.


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