Indiana to remain in stage 5 of reopening plan, Holcomb announces

Gov. Holcomb updates Indiana’s COVID-19 response

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Indiana will continue in its stage five reopening plan for another month, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced on Wednesday.

The Hoosier state has been in stage five since Sept. 26. It was originally planned to end on Oct. 17.

Now, stage five will extend to Nov. 14, according to the governor.

Stage five does still require facial coverings to be worn.

This stage allows bars and restaurants that serve food to open at full capacity, Holcomb says.

These businesses must keep appropriate social distances between tables and keep bar section customers seated, the governor announced back in September.

Size limitations for social gatherings and meetings will also be removed under stage five, the governor explained.

Events with more than 500 people must submit a written to the local health department, he said.

Stage five allows for gyms, fitness centers, and workout facilities to restart normal operations, according to Gov. Holcomb.

The governor also announced in September senior centers and congregate nutrition sites may reopen based on Family and Social Services Administration guidance.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are required to provide visitation opportunities under stage five.

Wednesday’s update from Gov. Holcomb wasn’t a normal one as Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box appeared virtually.

The reason for her virtual visit is because she tested positive for COVID-19, she announced.

Dr. Box said she and two family members tested positive.

Gov. Holcomb and other state officials will be tested at some point Wednesday.

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