Governor announces reopening dates for restaurants, bars, salons in Indiana

Restaurants, bars, salons in Indiana get reopening dates from governor

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - The Five-Stage Roadmap to reopen the Hoosier State was unveiled on Friday by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.

Gov. Holcomb says the state is currently in the first stage which allowed only services deemed essential to start back up.

Included were businesses like things like manufacturing, construction, and healthcare.

The next stages will be rolled out in May, through June and into the first week of July.

Stage two, May 4-23:

  • Hoosiers 65 and older should still remain at home
  • Social gatherings of up to 25 can resume
  • Essential travel ban lifted
  • Retail, commercial businesses open at 50 percent capacity
  • Shopping malls at 50 percent capacity
    • Indoor common spaces (food courts) only at 25 percent capacity
  • May 8: Religious services may convene inside places of worship
    • Social distancing guidelines need to be followed
    • At-risk populations (ages 65 and older) should still remain home
  • May 11: Restaurants open at 50 percent capacity
    • Bar seating will remain closed
  • May 11: Salons, barbers, spas, tattoo parlors can open by appointment only and must follow social distance guidelines

Stage three to begin on May 24:

  • At-risk people can venture out cautiously
  • Social gatherings of up to 100 people allowed
  • Those who can work remotely should continue to do so
  • Movie theaters can open at 50 percent capacity
  • Retailers and malls can increase to 75 percent capacity
    • Common spaces increased to 50 capacity
  • Pools, playgrounds, campgrounds, and gyms can open with social distancing guidelines

Stage four begins June 14 with these guidelines:

  • Face coverings now optional
  • Social gatherings limit increases to 250 people
  • Recreational sports, tournaments, and leagues can resume
  • Office employees can resume at full capacity
  • Retail and commercial locations operating at full capacity
  • Restaurants can open to 75 percent capacity
  • Bar locations open at 50 percent capacity
  • Large venues can open but must follow social distancing guidelines
  • Amusement, water parks open at 50 percent capacity
  • Zoos and museums can open at 50 percent capacity

Stage five to begin on July 4:

  • Social distancing guidelines still enforced
  • Retail, restaurants can operate at full capacity
  • Entertainment restrictions lifted and operating at full capacity
  • Fairs, festivals, sporting events can resume
  • Decision on the upcoming school year to be made

These stages and dates are subject to change, Gov. Holcomb said.

The plan will depend on these four things:

  • Ability to contact trace all coronavirus cases
  • Ability to test all Hoosiers who are symptomatic
  • Number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days
  • Statewide ventilator availability

If the state does not meet those four criteria, Governor Holcomb says they will need to pause these plans or return to previous stages.


Coronavirus cases, deaths in Indiana

The 815 new coronavirus cases reported on Friday ranks as the second-highest number of new cases throughout the pandemic, according to data from the Indiana State Health Department (ISDH).

The current highest number of new cases was reported earlier this week on April 26 with 952.

Overall, Indiana has a total of 18,630 coronavirus cases, according to the ISDH.

The number of coronaviruses related deaths reported Friday by the state health department was 55.

Friday’s additional deaths bring the state’s total to 1,062, the ISDH data shows.

Counties in the FOX19 Now viewing area:

  • Fayette County: 28 cases, four deaths
  • Franklin County: 97 cases, seven deaths
  • Dearborn County: 117 cases, six deaths
  • Ohio County: Four cases, zero deaths
  • Ripley County: 93 cases, five deaths
  • Switzerland County: 15 cases, zero deaths
  • Union County: Seven cases, zero deaths

On Thursday, Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box announced the death of a 19-year-old from the virus.

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