Here’s How the Reopening Affects Your Family

The reopening of Indiana following the shut down to fight Covid-19 has a lot of parents asking questions about summer camp, city pools, libraries and more. Here’s the breakdown and how we’ve come to understand it. We all must keep in mind that local organizations and businesses are free to extend their own re-openings or cancel summer programming all together.

We are currently living in Stage One of the Back on Track Indiana guidelines. Please remember that this plan is subject to change at any time it becomes necessary.

Guidelines for the reopening of Indiana

Please note that Mayor Hogsett has extended the Stay at Home orders for Marion County until May 15th, so these phases do not apply to Marion County residents or businesses until then.

Stage Two for Back on Track Indiana (May 4)

Our understanding or interpretation of what this means for parents/families: you should still practice social distancing from grandparents and elderly friends. Everyone over the age of 2 should wear a face covering in public. You may begin driving again for non-essential travel. Adults should still plan on video calls and work from home while schooling children.

(Marion County excluded until after 5/15) Libraries may open if they choose to do so. Shopping may resume at stores and malls, but capacity will be limited to 50%. You may visit beaches and go boating. Drive-in theaters may open. You may get your haircuts and manicures after May 11, by appointment only. Restaurants can re-open dining rooms at 50% capacity.

From the Back on Track Website:

• Hoosiers 65 and over and those with high-risk health conditions should remain at home whenever possible.
• Recommend that residents wear face coverings in public settings. Residents also should continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene
• Social gatherings of 25 people may take place following the CDC social distancing guidelines. The coronavirus is often spread among groups of people who are in close contact in a confined space for an extended period of time. This limit applies to such events as wedding receptions, birthday parties, Mother’s Day gatherings, and others where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time
• Essential travel restrictions are lifted; local non-essential travel allowed
• Continue remote work whenever possible

Stage Three for Back on Track Indiana (May 24)

Our understanding or interpretation of what this means for parents/families: This is the phase where we will learn about summer camp. This decision will be left up to the CDC.

Playgrounds and basketball courts and other recreational amenities may open but social distancing guidelines must be followed. Campgrounds and community pools can open. Movie theaters can open at 50% capacity. Stores and malls can open at 75% capacity.

From the Back on Track Website:

• Hoosiers 65 and older and those with known high-risk medical conditions should limit exposure at work and in their communities z
• Continue remote work when possible
• Face coverings are recommended
• Social gatherings of up to 100 people may take place following the CDC social distancing guidelines. The coronavirus is often spread among groups of people who are in close contact in a confined space for an extended period of time. This limit applies to wedding receptions, parties, and other events where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time
• Nursing homes remain closed to visitors; nursing home guidance will continue to be evaluated
• No travel restrictions

Stage Four for Back on Track Indiana (June 14)

Our understanding or interpretation of what this means for parents/families: Zoos, museums, bowling alleys like Main Event, recreation facilities like Incrediplex and entertainment venues like Urban Air can open at 50% capacity. Retail and malls open at full capacity but still practicing social distancing. Restaurants can offer dine in with up to 75% capacity, including bar seating at 50%.

Recreational sports leagues can start back up and large venues can re-open. Amusement parks and Indiana water parks can open at 50% capacity but you’ll have to have a reservation.

No large events (over 250), sporting events, fairs, festivals or parades. This could have a large impact on county fairs and participation in the Indiana State Fair.

From the Back on Track Website:

• Hoosiers 65 and older and those with known high-risk medical conditions should adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain cautious at work and in their communities
• Continue remote work as needed
• Face coverings are optional
• Social gatherings of up to 250 people may take place following the CDC social distancing guidelines. The coronavirus is often spread among groups of people who are in close contact in a confined space for an extended period of time. This limit applies to wedding receptions, parties, and other events where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time
• Nursing homes remain closed to visitors; nursing homes guidance will continue to be evaluated

Final Stage for Back on Track Indiana (July 4)

Our understanding or interpretation of what this means for parents/families: It is at this time that we should know what the plans are for returning to school for the next school year. We’ll also know about July summer camp options and limits. Beyond that, all restrictions will be lifted.

From the Back on Track Website:

• Hoosiers 65 and older and those with known high-risk medical conditions should adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain cautious at work and in their communities
• Remote work optional
• Face coverings are optional
• Social gatherings of over 250 people may take place following the CDC social distancing guidelines. The coronavirus is often spread among groups of people who are in close contact in a confined space for an extended period of time. This limit applies to wedding receptions, parties, and other events where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time
• Nursing home guidance will continue to be evaluated
• K-12 school operations to be determined

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