(Indianapolis, IN) - Reopening of the state’s economy will slowly begin on Monday. Indiana Governor, Eric Holcomb, announced during his daily coronavirus briefing on Friday afternoon. During the Press Conference, he defined a 5 Stage Plan to get Indiana "Back on Track".
Stage 1 is the “Hunker Down Hoosiers” stage that has been in place since March 23rd.
Stage 2 begins this Monday, May 4 for most of the state. Essential travel restrictions will be lifted, and social gatherings of up to 25 people will be permitted following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines.
The remaining manufacturers, industrial and other infrastructure operations that had not been considered essential may reopen. Hoosiers who can work from home are encouraged to continue to do so.
Retail and commercial businesses may open at 50% capacity. Examples include apparel, furniture, jewelry, and liquor stores that have been operating as curbside or delivery only. Shopping malls can open at 50% capacity with indoor common areas restricted to 25% capacity.
Starting May 8th, for all of the state’s counties, indoor worship services may be held, following specific social distancing guidelines – while those 65 and older and those at elevated risk will be asked to stay home.
Beginning May 11, restaurants and bars that serve food may open at 50% capacity, however bar seating will remain closed. Also, personal services such as hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, spas, and tattoo parlors also may open by appointment only and must follow social distancing guidelines.
Stage 3 may begin as soon as May 24, allowing high-risk individuals to venture out cautiously. Added freedmons include social gatherings being allowed to increase to 100 people, retail stores opening to 75% capacity, and movie theaters will open again to 50% capacity.
Stage 4 can start as soon as June 14, making face coverings optional. Zoos, Museums, and other attractions can open, and social gatherings will be permitted to increase to 200 people. At this time recreational sports can resume, office buildings can open at full capacity, and dining services can open to 75% capacity. Bars will be allowed to open at 50% capacity at this time.
Stage 5 is set for July 4. At this time fairs, festivals, and sporting events can resume, with social distancing guidelines. Remote work will still be optional. Retail stores, gyms, personal services, and dining can operate at full capacity. Restrictions will be lifted at amusement parks and like facilities. The State will also make a decision on the 2020-2021 school year at this stage.
The entire timeline and plan is contingent on four guiding principles:
- The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days
- The state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators
- The state retains its ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic as well as health care workers, first responders, and frontline employees
- Health officials have systems in place to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and expand contact tracing.