INDIANA (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Indiana was set to fully reopen the economy on July 4 as part of "Stage 5" of Gov. Eric Holcomb's reopening plan, but the state will now have to wait.
Now, Gov. Holcomb says Hoosiers will enter "stage 4.5" on July 4 through July 17.
"This virus is on the prowl," Gov. Holcomb said.
"The volatility that we see across the country and around our own borders is giving us some concern."
Gov. Holcomb said Indiana is holding steady on his four guiding principles to reopen (hospitalizations, surge capacity, testing, and contact tracing), but coronavirus trends in surrounding areas are concerning.
In "stage 4.5," there will be a temporary pause on increasing capacity in restaurant dining rooms, bars and entertainment venues.
Holcomb points to an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized and admitted daily this past week, and the daily positivity rate has ticked up slightly.
Through at least July 17, the following restrictions will continue:
- Social gatherings following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines will be limited to up to 250 people. This limit applies to wedding receptions, parties, and other events where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time, particularly indoors.
- Dining room food service may continue operations at up to 75 percent capacity as long as social distancing is observed. Bar seating in restaurants may continue operations at 50 percent capacity. Bars and nightclubs may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity as long as they adhere to social distancing guidelines.
- Cultural, entertainment and tourism sites may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.
- Movie theaters, bowling alleys and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.
- Amusement parks, water parks and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity. Reservations are encouraged to limit the number of customers at any one time.
- Raceways may continue operations open at 50 percent grandstand capacity.
On July 4, fairs, festivals and other outdoor events may take place. Pari-mutuel horse racing and county and state fair racing may begin with 50 percent spectator capacity. Youth overnight camps may open.
K-12 school operations may begin the 2020-21 academic year on July 1. Extra-curricular, co-curricular activities may resume July 6.
Outdoor visitation is required at assisted living facilities and nursing homes beginning July 4 and indoor visitation may begin. Hospital visitations with precautions are encouraged.
Gov. Holcomb's administration is launching the #MaskUpHoosiers campaign to get more Hoosiers to wear a mask.
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