INDIANAPOLIS (WFFT) — Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced Monday afternoon during a live news conference that the state will limit travel to only what is deemed "essential."
Holcomb is telling Hoosiers to remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies and for health and safety.
“The next two weeks are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we must slow the spread. You must be part of the solution, not the problem,” said Gov. Holcomb.
The first positive case of COVID-19 in Indiana was reported on March 6.
As of Monday morning, the number of tests completed in Indiana is 1,960, the number of positive cases is 259 and 7 deaths have been reported.
“I’m setting the example by sending state government personnel home to work to the maximum extent possible and closing our facilities to public interaction beginning Tuesday, for at least the next two weeks,” said Gov. Holcomb.
Beginning at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, all state government offices will be closed to in-person public activity until at least April 7.
This includes the Government Center complex in Indianapolis and other offices throughout the state, including Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches.
He says state employees will work remotely whenever possible and continue to provide core functions online and by phone.
Holcomb said all public safety functions will continue.
Governor Holcomb issued four executive orders:
- EO 20-08. Stay at Home.
- Provides for essential and non-essential business and operations, infrastructure, government services, travel and activities outside of one’s home.
- Click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the stay-at-home order.
- EO 20-09. Continuity of State Operations.
- Provides for the continuing operation of state government from 5 p.m. Monday through 8 a.m. April 7 with restricted access to government buildings and services.
- EO 20-10. Enforcement Directive Regarding Prohibition of In-Person Dining.
- Directs that state and local boards of health and the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission take all available administrative and enforcement actions against establishments that continue to offer in-house dining services, in violation of the governor’s executive order of March 16.
- Health departments will deliver letters ordering restaurants that continue to provide in-person dining to cease such operations. If they do not comply, fines will be levied.
- For restaurants with alcohol permits that continue to offer in-person dining, the ATC will issue an order in writing for the establishment to cease such operations. If the activity continues, the ATC will suspend the entity’s liquor license and will consider the non-compliance at the time of permit renewal.
- EO 20-11. Provisions for carryout consumption of alcohol.
- Relaxes the sale of carryout alcoholic beverages for dining establishments.
- This includes establishments that allow for on-premises consumption only and those that are permitted carryout permits dependent on a percentage of on-premises sales.
The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7.
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