Governor Holcomb lays out phased plan to open Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WEHT) – Governor Holcomb announced on Friday that the state of Indiana will move forward with opening the state in a measured way.

Governor Holcomb announced a five- step Back on Track plan for reopening, with the state to ideally be fully reopened by July 4th. Holcomb noted these steps and dates are tentative and will be paused or reversed if the four initial benchmarks to reopen are no longer being met. Governor Holcomb urged this plan will require constant vigilance from Hoosiers.

The state of Indiana is currently in STAGE 1.

STAGE 2 (beginning May 4th for most of state)

  • Those who are at risk or 65 or older should still remain at home as much as possible.
  • Ban on non-essential travel lifted.
  • Social gatherings of up to 25 people are now allowed with social distancing guidelines.
  • Shopping malls, retail stores may open at 50 percent capacity.
  • Beginning May 8th, all worship services may convene while following strict social distancing guidelines.
  • Beginning May 11th, nail salons, hair salons, tattoo parlors may open by appointment only.
  • Beginning May 11th, restaurants and bars that sell food may open at 50 percent capacity. Bar seating will remain closed.
  • Those who have the ability to work from home should still do so.
  • Social distancing guidelines should continue to be followed in every instance. Face coverings should be worn.

STAGE 3 (expected to begin May 24th)

  • Those in at-risk populations can venture out cautiously.
  • Social gatherings of up to 100 people are permitted.
  • Malls and retail stores may expand to 75 percent capacity.
  • Playgrounds, gyms, pools, tennis courts, etc.. may open with social distancing restrictions.
  • Social distancing guidelines should continue to be followed in every instance. Face coverings should be worn.

STAGE 4 (expected to begin June 14th)

  • Social gatherings of up to 250 people are permitted.
  • Malls, retail stores, work offices may open at full capacity with social distancing guidelines.
  • Restaurants may open dining room seating at 75 percent capacity.
  • Bar seating may open at 50 percent capacity.
  • Museums, zoos, theme parks, water parks, etc may open at 50 percent capacity.
  • Large venues may open with social distancing guidelines.
  • Sports leagues and recreational sports may resume.
  • Face coverings will be optional.

STAGE 5 (expected to begin July 4th)

  • Gyms, pools, bars, restaurants etc… may expand to full capacity.
  • Restrictions lifted at amusement parks and large gatherings.
  • Plans for next school year announced.

In order for Indiana to reopen, Governor Holcomb said the following benchmarks had to be met: a decrease in hospital admissions, an increase to have adequate amount of PPE, the ability to test anyone in the state, and the ability to contact trace for everyone who tests positive.

Governor Holcomb continued to describe the benchmarks citing COVID-19 patient admissions to the hospital have decreased for the past two weeks. Additionally, Holcomb said PPE has increased significantly. The state will also add 50 more testing sites across the state to increase testing ability. Finally, Holcomb said contact tracing abilities have increased to effectively trace all patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

For more info on the state’s plan to reopen, visit www.backontrack.IN.gov.

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(This story was originally published on May 1, 2020)

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