INDIANAPOLIS (WFFT) — Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced additional efforts on Monday to slow the spread of novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
The three highlights Holcomb announced are the closing of bars, nightclubs and restaurants for in-house services.
Blood supplies are low at blood centers across the state.
Hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers should cancel and/or postpone non-urgent surgeries.
Here are additional directives from Governor Holcomb:
- Indiana will adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for large events and mass gatherings.
- The guidance recommends no in-person events of more than 50 people.
- Under the current guidance for schools, 273 out of 289 public school districts are closed, using e-learning days, or on spring break and have announced a future closure.
- Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are required to close to in-person service and may provide take-out and delivery services through the end of March.
- Hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers should cancel and/or postpone elective and non-urgent surgical procedures immediately.
- Physicians should continue to perform critical procedures necessary to prevent short-term and/or long-term adverse effects to their patients’ overall health.
- Indiana’s Emergency Operations Center has been raised to a Level 1 status.
- State employees will maximize the use of remote work and meet virtually whenever possible while maintaining operations.
- Non-essential in-person meetings will be limited to 10 persons or less and should meet virtually whenever possible.
- High-risk individuals should not attend meetings in person.
- State employees over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions are advised to work from home.
- The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites will close to the public beginning Tuesday.
- The visitors center at White River State Park will close.
- Indiana state parks and recreation centers, including state park inns, remain open.
- Restaurants will convert operations to take-out and delivery.
- State agencies already are developing remote work plans for employees and will continue to implement them while maintaining necessary state services.
- Employees who work outdoors are encouraged to practice social distancing.
- The Department of Workforce Development has suspended rules requiring certain unemployment insurance claimants to physically appear at a Work One location to engage in reemployment services for the next four weeks.
- The DWD will also request flexibility under federal and state law to expand eligibility for claimants and ease burdens on employers.
- The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will postpone the inaugural Indiana Global Economic Summit, scheduled for April 26-28.
- Communities are encouraged to work together to provide child care options for all who need assistance and delivery services of meals and other necessities for senior citizens.
- Hoosiers who can donate blood are encouraged to visit local blood centers.
- Blood supplies are low.
More information may be found at the ISDH website.