In early July, Indiana was progressing through the Governor’s 5 stage plan to reopening and Hoosiers expected to see a full reopening with no restrictions beginning on July 4th. However, Governor Holcomb announced that Indiana was not ready to progress to Stage 5 of his Indiana Back on Track plan and instead put the movement on hold between stage 4 and 5 in an unplanned “Stage 4.5.”
On July 22nd, Governor Holcomb announced an executive order that spans the state of Indiana, requiring Hoosiers to wear masks or face coverings when indoors (except in a private residence) and while outdoors when social distancing cannot be achieved.
Mayor Hogsett has kept Marion county in a delayed reopening, generally about 2 weeks behind the state Back on Track plan.
Today, there was a press conference where Mayor Joe Hogsett was joined by Marion County Public Health Department Director, Dr. Virginia Caine. The duo provided an update on COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines in Marion County. This conference follows information from the White House that indicates Indianapolis is one of 11 cities that must take aggressive action in combating Coronavirus. Indianapolis is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases and our infection rate is at 9%, nearly double what it was in early July.
We’re seeing that transmission is occurring indoors when groups of people gather to socialize.
Temporary restrictions will be put in place to mitigate the resurgence of COVID 19 in Indianapolis.
(This announcement is in progress, this story will be updated)
New Indianapolis Restrictions
The following measures go in to effect on Friday, July 24th at midnight for Marion County, Indiana.
Weddings, Parties and Gathering Restrictions
50 or fewer people may gather together for social gatherings. This restrictions of 50 or less includes weddings, banquets and any event other than religious services.
Church & Religious Services
Indoor religious services can be held at 50% capacity with social distancing. Outdoor religious services may take place without attendance restrictions.
New Restaurant and Bar Restrictions
Indoor dining at restaurants is not to exceed 50% capacity until August 12th, with the exception of outdoor seating where social distancing must take place.
All restaurants must close for in person dining, midnight – 5am.
Bars and nightclubs that do not serve food must close until at least August 12th.
Bar seating at restaurants must close.
Gyms and Salons and Personal Services Restrictions
Personal services operate by appointment only
Gyms and fitness centers operate at 25% capacity.
Strongly recommending that those traveling to areas with heightened rate of infection to self quarantine for 14 days upon return.
Museums, Theaters, Entertainment Venues
Tourism, cultural, entertainment venues and museums – 25% capacity with continued adoption of social distancing guidelines. If having more than 250 attendees, must have advanced approval from MCHD using a plan.
School Start Changes
No in-person classes until at least August 5th. Prior to this, five Marion County schools had in-person start dates prior to August 5th.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy 500
The public safety plan has been reviewed and all will continue to monitor the data and make decisions as we get closer to the Indy 500. Public health is the priority.
“If you want change, do better for your city.
Prior to the statewide mask mandate, the city of Fishers had their own mask mandate this month.