Indiana to move to next stage to safely reopen on Friday

Indiana to move to next stage to safely reopen on Friday
The Indiana State Department of Health reports nearly 30,000 positive COVID-19 cases. (Source: kfda)

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Thursday that most counties in Indiana will move to stage three of reopening the economy starting Friday.

Holcomb said Cass, Marion, and Lake Counties will begin stage 3 on June 1.

“We continue to remain vigilant about protecting Hoosiers’ health while taking responsible steps to further open our state’s economy,” Holcomb said. “Moving to stage 3 is possible because Hoosiers across the state have worked together and made sacrifices to slow the spread.”

Stage three allows:

  • Social gatherings of up to 100 people.
  • Restaurant dining rooms remain open at 50% capacity.
  • Retail stores, malls open at 75% capacity.
  • Raceways can begin competition with no spectators.
  • State park inns can reopen.
  • Youth summer day camps may begin June 1.
  • Gyms, YMCAs, fitness studios can open with restrictions.
  • Community pools, campgrounds can open.
  • Recreational sports practices can start if they follow guidelines.
  • Contact sports [football and lacrosse] are prohibited
  • Baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis facilities may open.

Gov. Holcomb says those over the age of 65 and those with high-risk health conditions should remain at home as much as possible.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports nearly 30,000 positive COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday.

Health officials say as of Wednesday, 672 new cases were reported bringing the total number to 29,936.

Of the total amount of positive cases, 1,764 people have died due to the virus, health officials said.

Health officials say there were seven newly reported deaths as of Wednesday - two less than Tuesday.

In the Fox19 viewing area:

  • Fayette County: 50 cases, four deaths, 521 tested
  • Franklin County: 106 cases, seven deaths, 349 tested
  • Dearborn County: 160 cases, 21 deaths, 774 tested
  • Ohio County: 13 cases, zero deaths, 96 tested
  • Ripley County: 110 cases, six deaths, 742 tested
  • Switzerland County: 18 cases, zero deaths, 211 tested
  • Union County: Eight cases, zero deaths, 121 tested

The governor says that as more people return to work, visit a store or restaurant, participate in outdoor activities, etc., the number of positive COVID-19 cases will increase.

If people do not follow the rules, all or portions of the state might pause in moving forward, Holcomb said.

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