Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and other state officials updated the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday afternoon (May 1) during which Holcomb announced the state’s plans for a phased reopening.
Here’s what Holcomb said about reopening, which will happen in five stages, with the goal of having the state “back on track” by July 4. He cautioned that the plan is subject to change.
Stage 1 is the phase we have been in since mid-March. This phase included essential manufacturing, construction, infrastructure, government, business and other critical operations will remaining open. Schools remain closed.
Stage 2 will begin on Monday, May 4 for most counties, except for the following counties: Marion and Lake will begin Stage 2 on May 11; Cass will start Stage 2 on May 18. This stage includes:
- Those 65 and older or high-risk should remain at home as much as possible.
- Social gatherings can increase to 25 people.
- Restaurants can open at 50% capacity starting May 11.
- Essential travel restrictions will be lifted.
- Remaining manufacturers that were not considered essential will be able to open.
- Retail and commercial businesses will open at 50% capacity.
- Restaurants and bars that serve food may open starting May 11 at 50% capacity, but bar seating will remain closed.
- Personal services such as hair salons and tattoo parlors can begin to open May 11 by appointment only and must follow social distancing guidelines.
- Those who work in office settings are encouraged to work remotely whenever possible.
Starting May 8, for all counties, Indiana worship services may convene. Those 65 and older are asked to stay home. There are some additional guidelines for in-person church services:
- A religious service will need to comply with social distancing – seating spaced apart ensuring 6 feet between individuals or family units of the same households during services.
- It is recommended for people to wear face coverings.
- Churches are encouraged to conduct as many activities as possible virtually and potentially add more services to allow for smaller groups.
Stage 3 will begin on Sunday, May 24 except Marion, Lake, and Cass counties will continue on their delayed timeline. This stage includes more businesses reopening and larger gatherings as follows:
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Playgrounds, tennis courts, other facilities
- Movie theaters at half capacity
- Retail stores and malls to 75 percent capacity
- Social gatherings of up to 100 people
Stage 4 will begin on Sunday, June 14 except Marion, Lake, and Cass counties will continue on their delayed timeline. This stage includes more businesses reopening and larger gatherings as follows:
- Social gatherings up to 250 people
- Retails stores and malls at full capacity
- Dining room services to 75 percent capacity
- Bars and nightclubs can open at 50 percent capacity
- Cultural entertainment and tourism can open at 50 percent capacity (Including zoos, museums, etc.)
- Sports venues and amusement parks at 50 percent capacity
Stage 5 will begin on Saturday, July 4 except Marion, Lake, and Cass counties will continue on their delayed timeline. This stage includes a continued opening of more businesses, sports venues and more:
- The state will begin to open sports venues and other large facilities.
- Fairs and festivals will be allowed.
- Retail and restaurants can function at full capacity.
- Restrictions will be lifted at amusement parks, water parks, etc.
The following is a link to read in more detail the Governor’s plan to reopen Indiana in 5 stages: https://backontrack.in.gov/