INDIANAPOLIS (WFFT) — Governor Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday that the entire state of Indiana will be under a face mask mandate.
The mandate will begin on Monday, July 27.
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Holcomb says they will be required for anyone over the age of 8-years-old while inside, in public spaces and other environments when social distancing is not possible.
Holcomb also said masks will be required in public schools for kids in the 3rd grade and older.
- Anyone 8 years or older in indoor public spaces, commercial entities or transportation services, or in outside public spaces when you cannot socially distance.
- Mask use in schools required for grades 3 and up, faculty and staff, volunteers and anyone else in schools
- Masks are also required for co-curricular and extracurricular activities, with exceptions for strenuous physical activity
- Exceptions will be made for medical purposes, strenuous physical activity, eating and drinking
- Masks are strongly recommended for ages 2-7
- Holcomb said the deciding factors include an increase in COVID-19 cases in the state, an increased hospitalization rate, and working to get kids back in school.
Gov. Holcomb said a renewed growth in the number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations created a greater need for the mask order.
He said he did not want Indiana to have to follow other states and restore business restrictions that had been lifted in the past couple of months.
The executive order for the upcoming mandate will be signed by Holcomb on Thursday.
Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar issued the following statement regarding the statewide mask mandate for Hoosiers:
“Too many Indiana companies, employees and their families are in their fifth month of financial turmoil.
That will not change and our economy will not be on the full road to recovery until some certainty is brought to this uncontrolled pandemic.
The wearing of masks is a proven strategy for protecting others and enhancing our health – both physical and economic.
Governor Holcomb’s order is a necessary step at this time in continuing to reopen Indiana safely.”