Severity: Warning Alert
Transportation: Officials in Indiana, US, to extend restrictions currently in place through at least Aug. 27 to curb the spread of COVID-19.
- Alert Begins: 30 Jul 2020 08:54 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 27 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Event: COVID-19 Restrictions
- Location(s): Indiana (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Business disruptions likely
Authorities in Indiana have extended the restrictions currently in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through at least Aug. 27. The state will remain on Stage 4.5 of its economic recovery plan, and all residents over the age of seven must continue to wear a protective face covering whenever they are in indoor public settings, in public transportation, or in outdoor settings where social distancing measures are not possible.
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.
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.
Gatherings of up to 250 people are allowed, as long as social-distancing measures remain in place. 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.
Local officials may impose more restrictive measures if they consider it necessary within their jurisdictions. Authorities in Marion County, including the city of Indianapolis, have ordered the closure of bars and nightclubs that do not serve food until at least Aug. 12. Indoor services at restaurants must be limited at 50-percent capacity, and must close between 0000-0500 daily. Gyms, as well as sports and entertainment venues, can operate at 25-percent capacity, and social gatherings of more than 50 people are not allowed.
Authorities may loosen restrictions or impose additional ones depending on COVID-19 activity.
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.