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Gov. Holcomb issues ‘stay-at-home’ order for Indiana

Indiana Gov. Holcomb speaks to Hoosiers amid the COVID-19 pandemic

WATCH LIVE: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is giving an update on how Hoosiers can slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Posted by Fort Wayne's NBC on Monday, March 23, 2020

Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — During his live address Monday afternoon, Governor Eric Holcomb issued a “stay at home” order for the state.

The order will be effective from Wednesday, March 25, through April 7, Gov. Holcomb said.

“The next two weeks are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we must slow the spread. You must be part of the solution, not the problem,” Gov. Holcomb said.

Read all related COVID-19 updates and resources here

Holcomb ordered Hoosiers remain in their homes except when working for essential businesses or for 'permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety.'

What is an essential business?

"Essential businesses and services include but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup, public transit, and public service hotlines such as SNAP and HIP 2.0," according to the Governor's executive order.

READ: Governor’s Office shares stay-at-home order FAQs

In all, Governor Holcomb issued four executive orders:

  • EO 20-08. Stay at Home. Provides for essential and non-essential business and operations, infrastructure, government services, travel, and activities outside of one’s home. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the stay-at-home order.   
  • EO 20-09. Continuity of State Operations. Provides for the continuing operation of state government from 5 p.m. today through 8 a.m. April 7 with restricted access to government buildings and services.
  • EO 20-10. Enforcement Directive Regarding Prohibition of In-Person Dining.

o   Directs that state and local boards of health and the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) take all available administrative and enforcement actions against establishments that continue to offer in-house dining services, in violation of the governor’s executive order of March 16.

§  Health departments will deliver letters ordering restaurants that continue to provide in-person dining to cease such operations. If they do not comply, fines will be levied.

§  For restaurants with alcohol permits that continue to offer in-person dining, the ATC will issue an order in writing for the establishment to cease such operations. If the activity continues, the ATC will suspend the entity’s liquor license and will consider the non-compliance at the time of permit renewal.

  • EO 20-11. Provisions for carryout consumption of alcohol.

o   Relaxes the sale of carryout alcoholic beverages for dining establishments. This includes establishments that allow for on-premises consumption only and those that are permitted carryout permits dependent on a percentage of on-premises sales.

Gov. Holcomb made the decision just one day after Ohio's governor announced a stay at home order on Sunday afternoon, effective Monday at 11:59 p.m. and will last until April 6th.

The latest report from the Indiana State Department of Health is reporting a current total of 259 cases the novel coronavirus in the state.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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