IN, IL and KY issue closure of all ‘nonessential businesses’

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — Governors of Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky are all taking a stand against the spread of COVID-19, announcing all businesses deemed nonessential must close. Indiana and Illinois residents are also under a stay-at-home order except for essential travel, which has many questioning which businesses are essential and which ones aren’t.

“We know one infected person infects two, and those two infect two more, and so on and so on,” said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb (R).

“We hope that business owners and managers of businesses do the right thing, not only for their employees but by the greater good, and that’s strong public health,” said Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke (R).

Some businesses deemed essential include but are not limited to: grocery stores, hospitals, doctors, pharmacies, manufacturing and distribution facilities, public safety services, Restaurants (carryout, drive-thru and delivery only), residential facilities and shelters, media and religious entities.

Some nonessential businesses that will have to close their doors for the time being include: hair and nail salons, retail with no curbside pickup option, movie theaters, gyms, tattoo parlors and barber shops.

For those working at essential businesses, many are now working longer hours due to the spread of COVID-19.

“Our members just like everybody else are nervous and scared. In order to have the food and supplies that we all need to make sure our families are taken care of, it is important that our members continue to make the food that you feed your family and be able to sell it to you at your local grocery store,” said Caitlin Blair, Communications Director with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 227.

According to Governor Holcomb’s office, Indiana residents who feel they are still being called in to work for a nonessential business should discuss the issue with their employer. Indiana State Police and local law enforcement will work together to enforce the order.

“It is nothing short of heroic what our workers are doing to help get our country through this crisis,” said Blair.

The stay-at-home order in Indiana is set to end Monday, April 6th but could be extended if the COVID-19 outbreak warrants it.

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(This story was originally published on March 23, 2020)

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