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Masks now only recommended in Indiana, statewide mandate ends

Updated: Apr. 6, 2021 at 4:54 AM EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Masks or facial coverings are required in a majority of Indiana areas as of Tuesday.

A statewide mask advisory replaces the previously issued mask mandate on Tuesday, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced in late March.

Masks will be recommended under the advisory.

The mask required sign came down Tuesday at the UDF on Route 50.

“I got a call today from our supervisor saying that because of the law that Governor Holcomb, said customers can come in without masks, but the employees still have to,” said UDF Assistant Manager Dat Dang.

People entering Dearborn County public buildings will still be required to wear a mask and socially distance while inside the public building.

Those appearing for a court hearing though can remove their mask, only if permitted to do so by the presiding judge.

Indiana will still require masks in:

  • K-12 schools through the end of the current school year
  • State buildings and facilities
  • All COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites

Local governments and private businesses can choose to enforce stricter guidelines.

Gov. Holcomb deciding to end the mask mandate did draw some concerns from his neighbors to the south.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Indiana’s decision was “concerning.” Beshear said he planned on personally asking Gov. Holcomb to reconsider.

The two apparently never talked.

Gov. Beshear has said he will re-up Kentucky’s mask mandate for another 30 days until the end of April.

There is no firm date for dropping the mask mandate in Ohio. Rather, Gov. Mike DeWine set an empirical threshold measured in Ohio’s case incident rate.

Customers will not be required to stay seated at restaurants, bars, and nightclubs as of Tuesday. Six feet of spacing between tables and non-household parties is still recommended, however.

Gov. Holcomb has urged all Hoosiers to continue practicing social distancing and other safety measures.

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