Indiana’s mask mandate changing to advisory in April, Gov. Holcomb announces

Indiana mask mandate becomes advisory on April 6

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Tuesday a number of forthcoming changes, including a change in the mask mandate.

Indiana’s mask mandate will become a “state mask advisory” on April 6, the governor announced. Under the advisory, masks will be recommended.

Masks will still be required in schools through the end of the academic year, he added.

Face coverings will still be mandatory in all state buildings and facilities, and in all COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites though.

Also starting April 6, Gov. Holcomb said restaurants, bars, and nightclubs customers will not be required by the state to stay seated. Six feet of spacing between tables and non-household parties is still recommended, however.

“When I visit my favorite restaurant or conduct a public event, I will continue to wear a mask,” Gov. Holcomb said. “It is the right thing to do. Hoosiers who take these recommended precautions will help us get to what I hope is the tail end of this pandemic.”

Local governments and private businesses can choose to enforce stricter guidelines, the governor said.

All Hoosiers ages 16 and older can get the COVID-19 vaccine starting on March 31, Gov. Holcomb said.

Hoosiers age 40 and older, along with healthcare workers, long-term care residents, first responders who are regularly called to the scene of an emergency to render medical assistance, and educators and school support staff through grade 12 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

To schedule a vaccine, visit Hoosiers who do not have a computer or cell phone can call 211.

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