On Friday, May 1st, Governor Holcomb issued Executive Orders 20-25 and 20-26 extending the State of Emergency to June 4th and allowing many Indiana counties to begin opening. For most, the stay at home mandate has partially lifted; however, Marion County, Lake County, and Cass County are still under lockdown until May 15, 2020. Executive Order 20-26 contains modifications of the original order mandating the lockdown. This blog will highlight the pertinent changes that Executive Order 20-26 implements.
Indiana will go through five stages before it completely opens up. Each stage will contain less restrictions on Hoosiers. Executive Order 20-26 discusses Stages 1 and 2 (Stage 1 being the original stay at home order) and will expire on May 23, 2020 at 11: 59 p.m. wherein Governor Holcomb is expected to sign another Executive Order laying out States 3 through 5.
General Provisions for Counties in Stage 2
Stage 2 of the plan went into effect on May 4, 2020 and will last until May 23rd. Counties will be allowed to move at a slower or faster rate depending on the number of COVID-19 patients, the number of ventilators available, the ability to test for COVID-19, and the capacity for contact tracing. Businesses not mentioned below will continue to remain closed until at least Stage 3.
Under Stage 2, retail businesses may reopen; however, they must follow the following restrictions:
- Cannot be over 50% occupational capacity;
- Should limit hours of operation and have separate hours for the elderly and vulnerable customers;
- Should require employees to wear face coverings and encourage customers to wear face coverings.
- Continue with social distancing; and
- Malls must limit the number of individuals to 25% capacity in common areas.
Restaurants include: country clubs, social clubs, and wineries that provide in-person dining. Restaurants are permitted to open one week after entering Stage 2 (May 11th for all counties other than Marion, Lake, and Cass). Restaurants must adhere to the same restrictions as retail businesses; however, the following restrictions apply:
- Tables must be spaced six feet apart and contain six or less people;
- Self-serve stations such as a salad bar or beverage stations are not permitted;
- All employees must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before being allowed to work;
- All employees and staff must wear face coverings;
- Live music is not permitted; and
- Bars and taverns are to remain closed.
- Personal Service Businesses
Personal Services businesses include: spas, salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, massage salons, and similar facilities. Personal service businesses may reopen one week after entering Stage 2 (May 11th for all counties other than Marion, Lake, and Cass). Personal service businesses must adhere to the same restrictions as retailers, but must also:
- Properly space workstations;
- Clean workstations after each customer;
- Provide service by appointment only; and
- Have employees and customers wear face masks to the extent possible.
- Religious Entities
Effective May 8, 2020, religious services (including weddings) can take place, regardless of whether your county is in Stage 1 or Stage 2; however, Stage 1 gatherings are limited to ten people and Stage 2 gatherings are limited to twenty-five people. Social distancing is a must.
- Educational Institutions
Educational facilities will remain closed until June 30, 2020. Educational facilities may be open to facilitate distance learning, perform critical research, or to perform essential functions. Social distancing requirements are still in effect.
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