INDIANAPOLIS (AP, WNDU) - Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has ordered residents to remain at home except for essential errands in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, mirroring similar orders in other states.
Holcomb said Monday that the order still allows the state's 6.8 million residents to go outside to perform essential tasks, such as to buy groceries and medicine, and makes exemptions for employees of crucial industries.
Holcomb has already delayed Indiana’s May 5 primary election until June 2 and ordered all schools to remain closed until at least May 1.
He has also banned public gatherings of more than 50 people.
Click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the stay-at-home order.
Click below to read each executive order.
EO 20-08. Stay at Home
EO 20-09. Continuity of State Operations
EO 20-10. Enforcement Directive Regarding Prohibition of In-Person Dining
EO 20-11. Provisions for carryout consumption of alcohol
From the office of Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb:
INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address today to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7.
“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,” said Gov. Holcomb.
The first positive case of COVID-19 in Indiana was reported on March 6. Since then the number of positive cases has increased on a near daily basis, escalating as the capacity to test has grown. As of this morning, the number of tests completed in Indiana is 1,960, the number of positive cases is 259 and 7 deaths have been reported.
“I’m setting the example by sending state government personnel home to work to the maximum extent possible and closing our facilities to public interaction beginning Tuesday, for at least the next two weeks,” said Gov. Holcomb.
Beginning Tuesday, all state government offices will be closed to in-person public activity until at least April 7. This includes the Government Center complex in Indianapolis and other offices throughout the state, including Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches. State employees will work remotely whenever possible and continue to provide core functions online and by phone. All public safety functions will continue.
In conjunction with the closures, Gov. Holcomb ordered an automatic extension of all state-issued licenses and will advise law enforcement to refrain from issuing citations for a driver’s license or registration that expires during this emergency.
The state, in conjunction with the city and all hospital systems in Marion County, has activated a comprehensive emergency operations center to maximize hospital capacity and provide joint coordination. The center is charged with tracking the inventory of all hospital beds, supplies and personnel as the number of COVID-19 patients grows.
“I am proud of our hospital systems that are participating in the initial phase of this process, Eskenazi Health, IU Health, Franciscan Health, Community Health Network, and Ascension,” said Gov. Holcomb. “Marion County is where we’ve seen the most community spread to date, but we will expand this model to other parts of the state.”
In all, Governor Holcomb issued four executive orders:
EO 20-08. Stay at Home.
EO 20-09. Continuity of State Operations.
EO 20-10. Enforcement Directive Regarding Prohibition of In-Person Dining.
EO 20-11. Provisions for carryout consumption of alcohol.
Links to all executive orders may be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm
The complete text of Gov. Holcomb’s address may be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/3233.htm
Link to the Stay-At-Home Order FAQ may be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/3232.htm
More information may be found at the ISDH website at in.gov/coronavirus and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
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