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.

MORE: Indiana's Coronavirus website 

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.

Cases: 926604

Reported Deaths: 15083
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1262201958
Lake626901087
Allen52772747
Hamilton43283445
St. Joseph41475584
Elkhart33129488
Vanderburgh29927439
Tippecanoe26589247
Johnson23267415
Hendricks21902340
Porter21473341
Clark17150224
Madison17065379
Vigo15815273
Monroe14298190
LaPorte14108237
Delaware13771219
Howard13635262
Kosciusko11232134
Hancock10637160
Warrick10523176
Bartholomew10341167
Floyd10200202
Wayne9690218
Grant8939196
Morgan8734158
Boone8299109
Dubois7596123
Henry7469128
Dearborn745187
Noble7294101
Marshall7237128
Cass7097117
Lawrence6862150
Shelby6457107
Jackson643981
Gibson6036106
Harrison595585
Huntington591891
Montgomery5706102
DeKalb563591
Knox537599
Miami531983
Clinton527164
Putnam525367
Whitley516251
Steuben486367
Wabash477492
Jasper471961
Jefferson461991
Ripley444175
Adams439365
Daviess4064106
Scott394963
White386257
Clay382356
Greene380189
Wells379683
Decatur379595
Fayette367176
Posey354941
Jennings346356
Washington325847
LaGrange315774
Spencer313034
Fountain309753
Randolph305487
Sullivan299447
Owen279161
Starke272761
Orange272659
Fulton268851
Jay250634
Perry247451
Carroll241127
Franklin233637
Vermillion229750
Rush228930
Parke215220
Tipton206754
Pike202538
Blackford165634
Pulaski158751
Crawford142818
Newton140742
Benton139816
Brown132646
Martin126916
Switzerland123510
Warren113416
Union93511
Ohio77211
Unassigned0468

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1342777

Reported Deaths: 21471
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1502191556
Cuyahoga1327732318
Hamilton962791318
Montgomery659161136
Summit555141045
Lucas50248862
Butler46732653
Stark40741974
Lorain31004529
Warren29609328
Mahoning26462637
Clermont25206287
Lake24339416
Delaware22014143
Licking20180241
Fairfield20139221
Greene19955268
Trumbull19500508
Medina19478286
Clark17565325
Richland15949231
Portage15851228
Wood15438208
Allen13875256
Miami13549249
Muskingum12261149
Wayne11647237
Columbiana11344239
Tuscarawas10657265
Marion10509148
Pickaway10301128
Scioto10082126
Erie9618171
Ross9209174
Lawrence8516116
Hancock8298141
Ashtabula8180185
Geauga8066155
Belmont7966184
Jefferson7324168
Huron7253127
Union717849
Washington7037119
Athens681064
Sandusky6734133
Darke6559136
Knox6475121
Seneca6237137
Ashland5808112
Auglaize580488
Shelby5654101
Mercer552190
Brown551068
Defiance5361100
Madison535170
Crawford5299114
Highland527581
Fulton520082
Clinton515980
Logan503182
Preble4902110
Putnam4778106
Guernsey454661
Williams448281
Champaign436264
Perry432152
Ottawa431184
Jackson413260
Pike378941
Morrow369150
Fayette367652
Coshocton359466
Hardin350069
Adams348069
Gallia338054
Holmes3197108
Henry318868
Van Wert307170
Hocking291669
Wyandot276158
Carroll256752
Paulding236442
Meigs205242
Monroe185049
Noble164840
Morgan159228
Harrison151940
Vinton133918
Unassigned05
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