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FAQ: What you need to know about Indiana's Stay-At-Home Order

Coronavirus

Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address Monday to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes with some exceptions. Here are frequently asked questions and their answers.

Posted: Mar 23, 2020 1:01 PM
Updated: Mar 23, 2020 7:59 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (WFFT) — Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address Monday to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies and for health and safety.

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Below are frequently asked questions and their answers.

  • When does the order take effect?
    • The Stay-At-Home Order takes effect Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • When does the order end?
    • The order ends on Monday, April 6, at 11:59 p.m. ET, but could be extended if the outbreak warrants it.
  • Where does the order apply?
    • The Stay-At-Home Order applies to the entire state of Indiana.
      • Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you must stay home.
  • Is this mandatory or a recommendation?
    • This order is mandatory. For the safety of all Hoosiers, people must stay home and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • How will this order be enforced?
    • Staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Adhering to the order will save lives, and it is the responsibility of every Hoosier to do their part.
    • However, if the order is not followed, the Indiana State Police will work with local law enforcement to enforce this order.
    • The Indiana State Department of Health and the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission will enforce the restaurant and bar restrictions.
  • Will the Indiana National Guard enforce this order?
    • No. The Indiana National Guard is aiding in planning, preparation and logistics with other state agencies.
      • For example, the Indiana National Guard assists in distributing hospital supplies the state receives.
  • What is an essential business?
    • Essential businesses and services include but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup, public transit and public service hotlines such as SNAP and HIP 2.0.
  • What is an essential activity?
    • Essential activities include but are not limited to activities for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and to take care of others.
  • I work for an essential business. Will I be allowed to travel to and from work?
    • Law enforcement will not be stopping drivers on their way to and from work, traveling for an essential activity such as going to the grocery store or just taking a walk.
  • Will the grocery store/pharmacy be open?
    • Yes, grocery stores and pharmacies are essential services.
  • Can I still order take out/delivery from restaurants and bars?
    • Yes, restaurants and bars can continue to provide takeout and delivery, but should be closed to dine-in patrons.
  • Can I get my groceries delivered? Can I still get my online orders delivered?
    • Yes, you can still receive packages, get groceries delivered and get meals delivered.
  • How can I get medical care?
    • If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with the ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.
    • If you suspected you have COVID-19, please call the healthcare provider in advance so that proper precautions can be taken to limit further transmission.
    • Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.
    • If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately, but please call in advance if possible.
    • Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.
    • Nonessential medical care such as eye exams and teeth-cleaning should be postponed.
    • When possible, health care visits should be done remotely. Contact your health care provider to see what telehealth services they provide.
  • What is the guidance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?
    • State-operated developmental centers, intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities and community-integrated living arrangements will continue to provide care.
    • All in-home direct care staff are considered essential staff and should continue to support individuals in the home setting.
    • If you have specific questions about your support and services, reach out to your provider or individual service coordination agency.
  • What if I still have to go to work?
    • You should stay home unless your work is an essential function such as a health care provider, grocery store clerk or first responder. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing.
  • What if I think my business should be closed, but they’re still asking me to report to work?
    • Essential businesses will remain open during the stay-at-home order to provide services that are vital to the lives of Hoosiers.
    • If you believe your business is nonessential but still are being asked to show up to work, you may discuss it with your employer.
  • A certain service is essential for me, but the governor didn’t include it. What do I do?
    • The stay-at-home order was issued to protect the health, safety and well-being of Hoosiers.
    • Although some businesses such as fitness centers and salons will be closed, essential services will always be available. 
  • Will public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis continue?
    • Public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis should only be used for essential travel.
  • Will roads in Indiana be closed?
    • No, the roads will remain open. You should only travel if it is for your health or essential work.
  • Can I still take a plane out of Indiana?
    • Planes and other types of transportation should be used for essential travel.
  • What if my home is not a safe environment?
    • If it is not safe for you to remain home, you are able and encouraged to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so someone can help.
    • You can call the domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or your local law enforcement.
  • What about homeless people who cannot stay at home?
    • The administration wants to protect the health and safety of all Hoosiers, regardless of where they live.
    • State agencies are partnering with community organizations to ensure the homeless population has safe shelter.
  • Can I visit friends and family?
    • For your safety, as well as the safety of all Hoosiers, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
    • You may visit family members who need medical or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate food supply.
  • Can I walk my dog or go to the veterinarian?
    • You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it.
    • Practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets.
  • Can I take my kids to the park?
    • State parks remain open, but welcome centers, inns, and other buildings are closed. Families will be able to go outside and take a walk, run or bike ride, but they should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people.
    • Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing spreading the virus.
  • Can I attend a religious service?
    • Large gatherings, including church services, will be canceled to slow the spread of COVID-19. Religious leaders are encouraged to continue livestreaming services while practicing social distancing with one another.
  • Can I leave my home to exercise?
    • Outdoor exercise such as running or taking a walk is acceptable. However, gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
    • While exercising outside, you still should practice social distancing by running or walking at least 6 feet away from other people.
  • Can I go to the hair salon, spa, nail salon, tattoo parlor or barber shop?
    • No, these businesses are ordered to be closed.
  • Can I leave my home to do laundry?
    • Yes, Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses.
  • Can I take my child to daycare?
    • Yes, daycares are considered an essential business.
  • Can I pick up meals at my child’s school?
    • Yes, Schools that provide free food services to students will continue on a pickup and take-home basis.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 52685

Reported Deaths: 2775
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion12192697
Lake5764251
Elkhart372061
Allen2988135
St. Joseph223570
Hamilton1779101
Cass16519
Hendricks1482100
Johnson1366118
Porter86738
Vanderburgh8586
Tippecanoe79510
Clark72844
Madison68564
LaPorte63928
Howard61758
Bartholomew60945
Kosciusko5874
Marshall57412
Noble52628
Boone49744
LaGrange49110
Delaware48452
Jackson4813
Hancock47236
Shelby46225
Floyd42544
Monroe37528
Dubois3447
Morgan34431
Grant33426
Henry30618
Montgomery29720
Clinton2913
White28110
Warrick27929
Dearborn27723
Vigo2638
Decatur25732
Lawrence25325
Harrison22022
Greene20032
Miami1972
Jennings18012
Putnam1758
DeKalb1714
Scott1669
Wayne1656
Perry16010
Daviess15117
Jasper1422
Orange14023
Steuben1403
Ripley1357
Gibson1332
Franklin1288
Wabash1203
Carroll1142
Starke1103
Fayette1087
Whitley1086
Newton10110
Huntington932
Jefferson932
Wells841
Randolph814
Fulton791
Knox730
Jay720
Posey680
Washington681
Pulaski661
Clay655
Rush633
Spencer621
Owen541
Sullivan541
Benton510
Adams491
Brown461
Blackford412
Fountain382
Tipton361
Crawford350
Switzerland320
Parke280
Martin260
Ohio230
Vermillion200
Warren161
Pike150
Union150
Unassigned0193

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 67995

Reported Deaths: 3069
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin12574449
Cuyahoga9509400
Hamilton7179208
Lucas3110306
Marion275739
Montgomery264737
Summit2420209
Pickaway223542
Mahoning1996239
Butler194247
Columbiana140560
Stark1252116
Lorain120870
Trumbull107178
Warren106827
Clark83210
Delaware78415
Fairfield75117
Lake64322
Tuscarawas62811
Licking61913
Medina61432
Belmont57224
Clermont5327
Miami52031
Wood51551
Portage50760
Ashtabula45244
Geauga43643
Richland3926
Allen39141
Greene3809
Wayne37856
Erie30822
Mercer30410
Holmes2645
Huron2643
Darke26126
Madison2309
Ottawa21924
Athens2011
Sandusky18015
Coshocton1554
Ross1543
Washington14920
Putnam14615
Crawford1405
Jefferson1322
Morrow1291
Hardin12512
Union1191
Auglaize1124
Muskingum1061
Preble961
Lawrence930
Clinton922
Hancock921
Monroe8917
Hocking848
Guernsey834
Scioto800
Ashland782
Shelby784
Williams772
Logan731
Carroll713
Fulton710
Wyandot665
Brown621
Champaign601
Knox591
Fayette580
Highland581
Defiance563
Perry501
Van Wert501
Seneca432
Henry380
Paulding350
Jackson320
Pike290
Adams282
Vinton232
Gallia211
Noble140
Harrison131
Meigs130
Morgan130
Unassigned00
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