Summary
Due to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity, authorities in Indiana will extend the statewide mask mandate and maintain all other restrictions through at least Nov. 14. All residents over the age of seven must continue to wear a protective facemask whenever they are in indoor public settings, on public transportation, or in outdoor settings where social-distancing measures are not possible.

The state will remain in Stage 5 of its economic recovery plan. Under Stage 5, businesses such as restaurants, movie theaters, indoor entertainment centers, gyms, and fitness centers can operate without capacity limits; however, businesses are still required to maintain social-distancing measures, which will likely limit the number of customers allowed to enter. Bars and nightclubs can also open without capacity limits, but customers must be seated. Limits on social gatherings will also be lifted, though events with more than 500 people will require a permit from local health authorities.

All businesses must retain 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 could impose more restrictive measures if they consider it necessary within their jurisdictions. Authorities in Marion County, including the city of Indianapolis, are maintaining stricter restrictions than elsewhere in the state: restaurants, bars and nightclubs can operate at 50-percent capacity indoors, and up to 100 percent using outdoor seating and must close by midnight. Gyms and sports and entertainment venues can operate at 50-percent capacity, and shopping malls and retails stores may open at 75-percent capacity. Social gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited, except for weddings and other preplanned receptions, and any type of gathering of more than 250 people is banned. Facemasks must be worn in indoor public spaces and outdoors where social distancing is not possible. Additionally, officials recommend travelers entering Marion County from Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming as well as from countries with high COVID-19 activity, to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival

Authorities may loosen restrictions or impose additional ones depending on COVID-19 activity.

Advice
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.

 

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