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INDIANAPOLIS (WFFT) — Governor Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday Indiana will not enter Stage 5 of the Back On Track plan.
While a few restrictions will lift on July 4 in version 4.5 of the plan, most will stay in place.
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Elkhart County will remain fully in Stage 4 until at least July 17.
Gov. Holcomb says local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.
From July 4-17 Indiana will enter "Stage 4.5" which puts a temporary pause on increasing the capacity in restaurant dining rooms, bars and entertainment venues.
Holcomb said this is because the number of COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized and admitted daily has increased during the past week.
He said daily positive coronavirus cases have "ticked up slightly."
Through at least July 17, the following restrictions will continue:
- Social gatherings following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines will be limited to up to 250 people.
- This limit applies to wedding receptions, parties, and other events where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time, particularly indoors.
- Dining room food service may continue operations at up to 75% capacity as long as social distancing is observed.
- Bar seating in restaurants may continue operations at 50% capacity.
- Bars and nightclubs may continue operations open at 50% capacity as long as they adhere to social distancing guidelines.
- Cultural, entertainment and tourism sites may continue operations open at 50% capacity.
- Movie theaters, bowling alleys and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50% capacity.
- Amusement parks, water parks and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50% capacity.
- Reservations are encouraged to limit the number of customers at any one time.
- Raceways may continue operations open at 50% grandstand capacity.
Beginning July 4, fairs, festivals and other similar outdoor events may open.
Pari-mutuel horse racing and county and state fair racing may begin with 50% spectator capacity.
Youth overnight camps may open.
K-12 schools may begin the 2020-21 academic year on July 1.
Extra-curricular, co-curricular activities may resume July 6.
Outdoor visitation is required at assisted living facilities and nursing homes beginning July 4 and indoor visitation may begin.
Hospital visitations with precautions are encouraged.
Hoosiers 65 and over and those with high-risk health conditions – who are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus – should adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain cautious.
Face coverings in public places are highly recommended.
You can view the latest executive order below.