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INDIANAPOLIS (WFFT) — Governor Eric Holcomb announced Friday the next steps for Indiana as the most recent stay-at-home order expires.
Holcomb announced the "Back On Track Indiana" plan to safely open the economy and remain vigilant about protecting Hoosiers’ health and wellbeing.
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He said restrictions will slowly be released for the state's economy over the next two months in order to allow Hoosiers to "return to some normal aspects of their lives."
Indiana Back On Track has five stages.
Beginning Monday, May 4, 89 out of 92 Indiana counties will move to stage 2.
For three counties – Cass, Lake and Marion counties – stage 2 will begin at a later date.
Phase 2 may begin on Monday, May 11 for Lake and Marion counties.
Phase 2 may begin on Monday, May 18 for Cass County.
Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.
Holcomb said there is a "five-stage roadmap" to have the state back on track by July 4, but it is subject to change.
In Stage 2, Hoosiers 65 and over and those with high-risk health conditions, who are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus, should remain at home.
Essential travel restrictions will be lifted, group gatherings are permitted to be increased from 10 to 25 people while social distancing is practiced.
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.
Restaurants and bars that serve food may open starting May 11 at 50% capacity, but bar seating will remain closed.
Personal services such as hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors also may open on May 11 by appointment only and must follow social distancing guidelines.
Holcomb says he will follow four guidelines:
- Monitor the amount of COVID-19 hospitalized Hoosiers statewide for decreases over 14 days.
- Retain the capacity to treat a surge of COVID patients.
- Have the ability to test all Hoosiers who have symptoms of COVID-19.
- Have the ability to contact trace all cases using a centralized program.
- This will begin on May 11.
Starting May 8, for all of the state’s counties, indoor worship services may also convene, following specific social distancing guidelines – while those 65 and older and those at elevated risk will be asked to stay home.
If health indicators remain positive, the state will move to stage 3, which is projected to begin on May 24.
Stage 4 is projected to begin on June 14.
Stage 5 is projected to begin on July 4.
Full details will be on the Indiana Back On Track website once it is fully operational.
You can view Executive Order 20-26 below.