INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a stay at home order as seven people in the state have died from coronavirus and 259 people have been infected.
The order, which will be in effect from 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 24 to 11:59 p.m. EST on April 7, calls for all residents to stay inside their homes unless you work for an essential business or permitted activities.
The governor says the following businesses are considered essential:
- Grocery stores
- Gas stations
- Doctor’s officers
- Health care facilities
- Police stations
- Fire stations
- Garbage pickup
- Public transit
If you work at an essential business you will be allowed to drive to and from work, the order states.
Religious services are being canceled to slow the spread of the coronavirus, according to the governor’s order.
Gov. Holcomb says permitted activities include: Taking care of others, getting necessary supplies, health and safety, and outdoor activity.
“The next two weeks are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we must slow the spread," Gov. Holcomb said. "You must be part of the solution, not the problem.”
If the order is not being followed, Gov. Holcomb says state police will work with local law enforcement to enforce it.
On Monday, the Indiana State Department of Health reported seven deaths and 58 new positive cases of coronavirus since Sunday.
However, the governor says some businesses are not complying.
Companies that continue to defy this order by offering in-person dining will be subject to fines and suspensions of liquor licenses, the governor said.
In addition to the stay at home order, Gov. Holcomb says he has issued an extension for all state-issued licenses.
Law enforcement is being advised to not issue citations for a driver’s license or registration that expires during this emergency.
Indiana will open a call center to field industry questions about Gov. Holcomb’s order which provides for essential and non-essential business operations, infrastructure and government functions while the state observes a stay-at-home order from March 25-April 7.
The Critical Industries Hotline will open on Tuesday, March 24 at 9 a.m. to help guide businesses and industries with the executive order.
This center, reachable by calling 877-820-0890 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, is for business and industry questions only.
Read entire stay at home order below: