Today, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced that face coverings are required in Marion County beginning July 9. As of now, Governor Holcomb has not required face coverings state-wide, but he is encouraging all Hoosiers to wear one in a Public Service Campaign. The City of Fishers has a mask mandate beginning Friday, July 24th.
Indianapolis residents who are unable to purchase a mask are encouraged to get their free Indy mask from the Indy.gov website. These masks are reserved for those at the highest risk and who do not have access or cannot obtain a face mask.
In Marion County, people are required to wear face covering when they are indoors and when they are outdoors and social distancing is not possible. In addition to the face covering requirement, Indianapolis is moving into its own phase of Indiana’s reopening–Stage 4.5.
While most of the stage is entering Stage 5 of the Governor’s reopening plan, Indianapolis residents remain in Stage 4 (Stage 4.5) until July 18. But that is not necessarily when Marion County will enter Stage 5 with the rest of the state. “The date doesn’t drive us, but the data does,” said Mayor Hogsett. Officials are constantly reevaluating the situation for the safety of all Hoosiers.