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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.

Confirmed Cases: 32078

Reported Deaths: 2004
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion9268539
Lake3320168
Cass15826
Allen130966
St. Joseph120534
Hendricks113067
Hamilton111592
Johnson1086104
Elkhart105728
Madison58258
Porter49021
Bartholomew48133
Clark46138
LaPorte41522
Tippecanoe3753
Jackson3671
Howard36519
Delaware35735
Hancock32127
Shelby31521
Floyd31438
Boone28835
Morgan26224
Vanderburgh2482
Montgomery23117
White2268
Decatur22431
Clinton2221
Grant19121
Noble18921
Harrison18721
Dubois1852
Greene16724
Warrick16426
Dearborn16421
Henry1619
Monroe16011
Vigo1477
Lawrence14423
Miami1391
Putnam1337
Jennings1274
Orange12422
Scott1183
Ripley1126
Franklin1068
Kosciusko941
Carroll922
Daviess8216
Steuben802
Marshall761
Newton7410
Wabash722
Wayne715
Fayette684
LaGrange602
Jasper581
Washington521
Fulton471
Rush452
Jay440
Randolph433
Jefferson411
Whitley402
Pulaski390
Clay391
Owen341
Brown331
Sullivan321
Starke313
DeKalb311
Perry260
Huntington262
Knox250
Tipton251
Benton250
Wells240
Crawford230
Blackford211
Switzerland190
Fountain182
Spencer171
Posey170
Parke170
Gibson142
Ohio130
Warren121
Adams121
Vermillion90
Martin90
Union80
Pike60
Unassigned0154

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 33006

Reported Deaths: 2002
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin5414239
Cuyahoga4060221
Marion262323
Hamilton2492128
Lucas2152229
Pickaway204635
Mahoning1347171
Summit1277159
Butler81725
Stark69790
Columbiana65750
Lorain65358
Montgomery60915
Trumbull54045
Belmont40212
Miami35130
Warren34020
Tuscarawas3212
Portage31657
Medina30719
Delaware30213
Ashtabula28332
Lake28212
Wood27745
Geauga25829
Wayne25250
Fairfield2463
Clark2256
Licking21410
Mercer2003
Clermont1935
Allen19131
Richland1873
Erie1595
Darke15616
Madison1417
Washington11718
Crawford1063
Morrow1041
Greene945
Ottawa927
Putnam8714
Monroe7311
Sandusky7010
Hocking694
Ross662
Auglaize643
Jefferson632
Huron551
Williams521
Hancock481
Union460
Muskingum450
Clinton430
Hardin410
Shelby402
Logan370
Fayette370
Wyandot362
Fulton350
Guernsey320
Defiance322
Preble301
Lawrence280
Holmes281
Carroll282
Champaign271
Coshocton260
Brown251
Knox231
Seneca192
Highland191
Vinton191
Ashland190
Athens181
Perry181
Henry150
Scioto150
Paulding130
Jackson120
Harrison100
Adams81
Gallia71
Van Wert60
Meigs60
Pike60
Noble50
Morgan50
Unassigned00
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