FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Governor Eric Holcomb signed an executive order to extend Indiana’s public health emergency through July 4.
“I think it’s probably a smart and fine strategy at this point,” said Douglas Kenna, Fort Wayne resident. “Even though it doesn’t register here with a lot of people who haven’t been directly hit yet by this illness, I do know a lot of people out east who have been really sick and or have died.”
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While the executive order will not set back the progress being made in reopening businesses across the state, it will allow flexibility in other areas:
- Youth over the age of 18 will be able to remain in foster care for the remainder of the public health emergency.
- Hoosiers will have until June 30 to renew professional licenses and permits.
- The filing deadline for state income taxes has been extended until July 15.
- For restaurants, the bar has been lowered for the required amount of food sales to maintain an alcoholic beverage permit.
- Restaurants will have until June 30 to renew alcohol permits.
Owner of 6 Autumns Food & Spirits Marty Hayward said small family-owned restaurants will be helped the most by the change.
“I feel like that was a very helpful step,” Hayward said. “When your carry-out sales, or your alcohol sales, reach a certain threshold compared to your food sales then you are in danger of losing that license. I appreciate the fact that he took that into consideration and lowered that bar.”
You can view the executive order below.