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Holcomb announces plan to reopen Indiana economy

By Bernado Malone | Updated May 1, 2020 4:00PM EST

In his daily briefing Friday afternoon, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced plans to reopen Indiana in 5 stages.

In Holcomb’s daily press conference, he said the state has been in “stage one” of its COVID-19 plan,and over the next couple of weeks,we’ll begin to move into stage two on a more region by region basis.

Nearly all 96 counties in Indiana will move into stage two by (Monday May 4th), Holcomb says “Marion and Lake Counties will not move to stage two until May 11th. Cass County can begin on May 18th.

Here’s what Hoosiers should know about stage two.

  • Hoosiers 65 and over and those with high risk health conditions who are the most susceptible to the coronavirus should remain at home as much as possible

  • Local governments may impose more strict guidelines

  • Essential travel restrictions are eliminated and gatherings of up to 25 people are permitted

  • Essential travel restrictions are lifted and gatherings of up to 25 people are permitted

  • Retail and commercial businesses will open at 50 percent capacity

  • Shopping malls may be open at 50 percents capacity with indoor common areas restricted to 25 percents capacity

  • Personal services like hair salons barber shops, spas and tattoo parlors also may open may 11 by appointment only

  • Restaurants and bars that serve food may open May 11 at 50% capacity, but bar seating will remain closed

  • Those who work in offices are encouraged to work remotely whenever possible. "If anyone can work from home we encourage you to do so," Holcomb said.

  • Starting May 8 for all 92 counties, Indiana worship services may also convene following specific social distancing guidelines. Those 65 and over and those at elevated risk will be asked to stay home.

The state created a website that includes documentation for citizens, industries and places of worship. Click here for those guidelines.

Gov. Holcomb said if the numbers hold fast, Indiana will enter "Stage 3" on May 24:

  • At-risk people can venture out cautiously

  • Social gatherings of up to 100 people

  • Pools, playgrounds, campgrounds and gyms may open with restrictions

  • Those who may work remotely should continue to do so

  • Retail stores and malls can move to 75% capacity

  • Movie theatres can move to 50% capacity

Then, if we're still on track on June 14, Gov Holcomb said Indiana will enter into "Stage 4,"

  • Face coverings are optional

  • Zoos and museums can open at 50% capacity

  • Social gatherings of up to 200 people

  • Large venues may open with social distancing guidelines in place

  • State offices will open to the public

  • Retail stores and malls may open to full capacity with social distancing guidelines

Finally, Indiana is forecasted to make it to "Stage 5" by July 4:

  • Fairs, festivals and sporting events resume

  • Retail and restaurants may operate at full capacity

  • Restrictions will be lifted at amusement parks and water parks

Gov. Holcomb also took a moment to give his condolences to those who have lost their lives from the virus.

"They are not numbers. They are our parents. Our children. Our children. Our loved ones. Each life was precious," Gov. Holcomb said.

To date, Indiana has reported 1,062 deaths, and 18,630 COVID-19 cases statewide.


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