Marion County officials to begin mask requirement on July 9

The requirement applies to when residents are out of their homes in an indoor space such as office buildings and retail establishments, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said.

Posted: Jul 2, 2020 12:15 PM
Updated: Jul 2, 2020 12:25 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (WXIN) – For the most part, Indianapolis will follow Stage 4.5 of the state’s “Back on Track” plan amid the pandemic.

But there are some significant differences, including a mask and face-covering requirement that begins on July 9.

The requirement applies to when residents are out of their homes in an indoor space (office buildings, retail establishments), Mayor Joe Hogsett said.

Masks are also required if you are outdoors and unable to socially distance (sitting in stands at a game, standing in line at an outdoor venue, for example).

There are exceptions: children ages 2 and under and anyone with a medical condition that prevents the use of a mask.

“I know that many will not agree with this policy. I know many more will feel inconvenienced by it,” Hogsett said. “This is a major change to what normal means here in Indianapolis.”

Marion County residents can apply for a free mask on the city’s website.

“I’ll sympathize with those who feel overwhelmed by the transformation of our daily lives. But I’ll be honest: I don’t have sympathy for those who may argue in the coming days that this simple, science-driven policy is an unjust burden," Hogsett added.

“We’ve lost 125,000 Americans to this disease already. That’s more than the death toll our nation faced in the entirety of World War I,” Hogsett said. “That includes thousands of Hoosiers and hundreds of our neighbors right here in Marion County. Tens of thousands more will die across the country in the weeks and months to come.”

He continued, “This isn’t complicated. This is a piece of cloth that can save your life and the lives of those around you. And it is the right thing to do.”

He said those who chose not to follow the mandate were “dead wrong.”

“This weekend, we celebrate those who did the difficult things to preserve personal freedom. We don’t celebrate those who whined about it,” Hogsett said.

When asked why the city and county weren’t requiring masks immediately, the mayor pointed to the need for public education and awareness.

Marion County will, overall, follow Stage 4.5 of the “Back on Track” plan starting on July 9, Hogsett said.

That means:

  • Bars, movie theaters, cultural and entertainment venues remain at 50% capacity
  • Restaurants remain at 75% capacity
  • Most outdoor activities will be permissible
  • Need to practice social distancing indoors

But, in addition to the mask requirement, there are some differences for Marion County residents:

  • Indoor areas of assisted living will remain closed to visitors
  • Overnight camps will remain closed
  • Any event anticipating attendance over 1,000 people must submit a public health plan and seek approval from the health department

In addition, the mayor said an executive order will extend temporary street closures on Broad Ripple Avenue, Mass Ave and Georgia Street through Sunday, July 19.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 613228

Reported Deaths: 9728
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Marion846851338
Lake45676687
Allen32980552
Hamilton29649315
St. Joseph27531382
Elkhart24478345
Vanderburgh19610250
Tippecanoe18108141
Johnson15191295
Porter14944169
Hendricks14485250
Madison11044222
Clark10811144
Vigo10795181
Monroe9458113
Delaware9170134
LaPorte9145164
Howard8292144
Kosciusko810183
Warrick680299
Hancock6782104
Bartholomew6640100
Floyd6507110
Wayne6177162
Grant6027116
Dubois558680
Boone556468
Morgan548695
Henry511464
Marshall506984
Cass486964
Dearborn486545
Noble475659
Jackson427747
Shelby420781
Lawrence393780
Clinton375044
Gibson374459
Harrison353045
DeKalb349864
Montgomery347654
Knox336239
Miami324544
Steuben315046
Whitley311126
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Adams302836
Ripley300546
Putnam298950
Huntington294860
Jasper291734
White275143
Daviess271774
Jefferson266238
Decatur249583
Fayette248648
Greene242262
Posey241028
Wells236951
LaGrange230062
Scott226839
Clay224332
Randolph215248
Jennings200636
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Spencer193022
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Starke176444
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Perry155929
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Franklin149333
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Parke13088
Pike118526
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Newton92021
Brown88335
Benton87110
Crawford8099
Martin74913
Warren6857
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Union6297
Ohio4977
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Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 868656

Reported Deaths: 10768
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Franklin102154707
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Hamilton64744448
Montgomery43516419
Summit35250762
Lucas31663631
Butler31268232
Stark26096443
Warren19830142
Lorain19296229
Mahoning17471339
Lake16250154
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Licking13326137
Fairfield1294981
Trumbull12920317
Greene12174141
Medina11732168
Clark11058265
Wood10457158
Allen9988127
Portage9454111
Miami924473
Richland9236118
Marion7486113
Tuscarawas7440183
Columbiana7409124
Pickaway732150
Wayne7111172
Muskingum710342
Erie6221130
Ross5558100
Hancock555292
Scioto542764
Geauga515955
Darke473492
Lawrence460658
Union456928
Ashtabula456473
Sandusky439562
Mercer435089
Seneca433866
Huron432841
Auglaize424164
Shelby422522
Jefferson422469
Belmont421145
Washington394240
Athens38389
Putnam378075
Madison358129
Knox356122
Ashland349038
Fulton340443
Defiance334486
Crawford325774
Preble322737
Brown315821
Logan312132
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Clinton291543
Williams280367
Highland279018
Jackson265845
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Morrow23464
Perry233718
Holmes226774
Henry221953
Hardin215533
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Gallia199826
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Pike178017
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Hocking173224
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Monroe102232
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Vinton71314
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