Gov. Holcomb announces 'Back On Track' plan to open Indiana's economy amid coronavirus crisis

Gov. Eric Holcomb

Governor Eric Holcomb announced Friday modifications to the business and travel directives that have been in place since March 25 as a growing number of states are loosening their shutdown orders.

Posted: May 1, 2020 2:51 PM
Updated: May 19, 2020 12:49 PM

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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Back On Track Indiana

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.

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Holcomb says he will follow four guidelines:

  1. Monitor the amount of COVID-19 hospitalized Hoosiers statewide for decreases over 14 days.
  2. Retain the capacity to treat a surge of COVID patients.
  3. Have the ability to test all Hoosiers who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  4. Have the ability to contact trace all cases using a centralized program.
    1. 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.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 666516

Reported Deaths: 12726
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion912711659
Lake48687890
Allen36102644
Hamilton32445398
St. Joseph30306514
Elkhart25510420
Vanderburgh21326382
Tippecanoe20220205
Johnson16466363
Porter16068281
Hendricks15944302
Clark12060182
Madison11799323
Vigo11685234
Monroe10419164
Delaware9891179
LaPorte9831199
Howard9112201
Kosciusko8597111
Bartholomew7522147
Hancock7462134
Warrick7451153
Floyd7263173
Wayne6661192
Grant6462158
Boone616691
Morgan6129128
Dubois5936112
Dearborn551270
Cass5485100
Marshall5451105
Henry542995
Noble513178
Jackson465567
Shelby463391
Lawrence4195113
Gibson405185
Harrison403265
Clinton397553
Montgomery391684
DeKalb387478
Miami358263
Knox357885
Whitley351238
Huntington349477
Steuben340055
Putnam333960
Wabash333176
Ripley327962
Adams325449
Jasper319143
White298152
Jefferson296274
Daviess285996
Fayette272756
Decatur271688
Greene262680
Posey261432
Wells259075
Scott251850
LaGrange242470
Clay241644
Randolph226077
Spencer219430
Jennings216744
Washington213027
Sullivan203739
Fountain202842
Starke189951
Owen183654
Fulton179737
Jay178728
Carroll176919
Perry174036
Orange171451
Rush165622
Vermillion161543
Franklin159935
Tipton149541
Parke140216
Pike128533
Blackford120627
Pulaski107644
Newton96832
Brown95340
Benton92413
Crawford92213
Martin80314
Warren75914
Switzerland7558
Union67510
Ohio54211
Unassigned0427

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 977736

Reported Deaths: 17501
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1129551251
Cuyahoga968561881
Hamilton738821067
Montgomery47506923
Summit40668831
Butler35827531
Lucas35779720
Stark29581826
Warren22574275
Lorain22190424
Mahoning19578551
Lake18545332
Clermont18519205
Delaware16597121
Licking15089194
Fairfield14644188
Trumbull14423424
Greene13659221
Medina13517237
Clark12376256
Wood11656170
Portage11127172
Allen10820216
Richland10372188
Miami10059194
Muskingum8238117
Columbiana8168210
Pickaway8094111
Tuscarawas8075232
Marion8020127
Wayne7933199
Erie6961146
Ross6173132
Geauga6114142
Hancock6030121
Scioto600488
Ashtabula5998154
Lawrence527586
Union516341
Darke5052116
Belmont4999137
Huron4859108
Jefferson4836137
Sandusky4798112
Washington474396
Seneca4734111
Athens466149
Mercer459781
Auglaize456582
Shelby442679
Knox4054105
Putnam400593
Madison395455
Fulton383161
Ashland382683
Brown374852
Defiance373788
Crawford360098
Logan357373
Preble353987
Clinton342455
Highland328451
Ottawa325371
Williams303568
Jackson291846
Champaign290949
Guernsey288845
Perry271148
Fayette269943
Morrow261437
Henry247861
Hardin247359
Holmes244497
Coshocton240756
Van Wert230157
Gallia223938
Adams218239
Pike217228
Wyandot212450
Hocking195054
Carroll182143
Paulding161034
Meigs136031
Noble129233
Monroe117237
Morgan102120
Harrison100731
Vinton76613
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