Governor Holcomb’s plan, called Back on Track Indiana, was presented in a press conference on Friday, May 1st, which included five stages aimed at getting the state back to full operating capacity by July 4. Holcomb stipulated that all of the guidance is subject to change and that county governments may impose stricter restrictions. The state’s reopening will be continuously reevaluated based on the number of cases and hospitalizations and the state health care system’s capacity.
Based on the guidance released Friday, here’s a look at what you can expect to do once Indiana’s restrictions are relaxed — and when that will happen.
When can I stop working from home?
Remote work is encouraged through at least Stage 4 of the reopening plan, which begins June 14. Remote work is encouraged as needed through all five stages.
When can I stop wearing a mask in public?
You should continue wearing face coverings in public spaces until at least June 14, at which point they will be considered optional. Hoosiers are asked to follow CDC-recommended hygiene and social distancing practices throughout the reopening process
When can I go to the mall or other retail stores?
As soon as Monday. That’s when malls and other retailers may begin operating at 50% capacity in most Indiana counties. Full capacity — with social distancing guidelines — is expected to resume beginning June 14. These re-openings will be delayed in Marion, Cass and Lake counties.
When can I get my hair cut?
Personal services — including salons and barber shops — may resume operations by appointment only beginning in the second week of Stage 2, or May 11. Employees must wear face coverings, stations must be adequately spaced and customers are asked to wear face coverings to the extent possible. Again, Marion, Lake and Cass counties will operate on later timelines.
When can I go back to the gym?
On May 24, gyms and fitness centers will be allowed to open with certain restrictions. Class sizes and equipment must be spaced to accommodate the CDC’s social distancing guidelines and equipment must be cleaned after each use.
When I can I go to the movies?
Movie theaters may reopen at half capacity beginning May 24. Some companies have imposed their own hygiene and distancing guidelines.
When can my family go to the zoo or museums?
As soon as June 14. That’s when museums, zoos, bowling alleys, aquariums and similar facilities are allowed to reopen at 50% capacity.
When can I go to restaurants? Bars?
As soon as May 11 in most counties, restaurants and bars that serve food can reopen at 50% capacity. Bar seating will be closed, and there will be no live entertainment. Bars and nightclubs will remain closed until June 14, when they are allowed to resume business at 50% capacity.
When can I go to church?
Religious services are allowed to resume beginning May 8, following specific guidance. When possible, places of worship are asked to continue activities or services remotely. “We need you to keep your congregation safe,” Holcomb said at his Friday news conference.
When can I see friends or schedule play-dates?
As soon as Monday. At that time, social gatherings of up to 25 people may take place, following social distancing guidelines. However, playgrounds will remain closed until May 24.
When can I send my child to summer camp?
There is no specific timeline for when we may have that answer. The state will look to the CDC for guidance about residential and overnight camps.
Will my kids go back to school in the fall?
The plan does not directly address whether K-12 schools and colleges and universities will reopen in the fall. Decisions regarding in-person learning are expected to come in Stage 5, which begins July 4.
I’m over 65 and/or high-risk. Can I resume normal activities?
If you’re 65 or older or considered among at-risk groups, Holcomb asks that you continue to stay at home as much as possible until May 24, when you may venture out “cautiously.”
What happens next?
State officials will continue to monitor conditions and may re-impose certain restrictions if cases spike in particular areas.
This information was published by the South Bend Tribune on Saturday, May 2nd. Here’s the link to the original article: https://www.southbendtribune.com/coronavirus/reopening-indiana-heres-what-you-can-do-and-when/article_847fb452-8bfa-11ea-8466-cbe5e8d3c2b5.html.