Severity: Warning Alert
Transportation: Officials in Indiana, US, to ease some restrictions July 4, while maintaining most restrictions in place through July 17, due to COVID-19.
- Alert Begins: 02 Jul 2020 09:09 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 17 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Event: COVID-19 Restrictions
- Location(s): Indiana (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Business disruptions likely
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued orders to ease additional restrictions on July 4, as part of Stage 4.5 of the state's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) economic recovery plan. However, authorities will maintain most restrictions in place, and have delayed the start of Stage 5 until at least July 17.
Under Stage 4.5, fairs, festivals, and other outdoor events will be allowed, youth overnight camps may open, and horse racing and county and state fair racing can resume, allowing 50-percent spectator capacity. School operations for the 2020-2021 academic year may also begin, including extracurricular activities. The easing of these restrictions will occur statewide, except in Elkhart County, which will remain under Stage 4.
Other restrictions that had been eased under previous stages and remain in place are:
- Retail stores and malls may operate at full capacity.
- Dine-in services at restaurants may operate at 75 percent capacity, and bars and nightclubs at 50-percent capacity.
- Cultural and tourism sites may operate at 50-percent capacity.
- Movie theaters, bowling alleys, and other indoor entertainment venues may open at 50 percent capacity.
- Amusement and water parks may open at 50-percent capacity.
- Noncontact sports may resume training and competitions. Contact sports may resume training, with competitions.
- Raceways may open at 50-percent capacity.
- Casinos may open.
- Manufacturing and construction companies, office-based businesses can also operate.
- Gyms and fitness centers can open.
- Personal care businesses can operate.
- Playgrounds and campgrounds can also open.
All businesses must introduce health-screening measures for employees, enhance cleaning and disinfecting protocols, enhance the ability of employees and customers to wash or sanitize their hands, and ensure compliance with social distancing requirements. Protective personal equipment must also be provided.
Gatherings of up to 250 people are allowed, as long as social distancing measures remain in place. Residents aged 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions are still advised to limit the time they spend outside their homes; all residents are encouraged to wear face coverings when in public.
Transport and business disruptions remain likely. Authorities may loosen restrictions or impose additional ones depending on COVID-19 activity. Local officials may impose more restrictive measures if they consider it necessary within their jurisdictions.
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Confirm appointments. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.