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Governor Holcomb extends stay-at-home order

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Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday extended his stay-at-home order through Friday, May 1, to increase containment in the state of COVID-19.

In doing so, Holcomb noted that as of Monday 11,686 Hoosiers had tested positive for COVID-19, 569 had died, and all 92 counties now have confirmed cases.

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As part of the new order, Holcomb extended the limit on in-person public activity at state government offices as well as the restrictions on the operations of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

“I want to thank Hoosiers in every corner of our state who have stayed socially-distanced and hunkered down,” Holcomb said. “Lives are being saved, and we’re slowing the spread. Continuing on this course at this time is essential to flattening the curve while we also prepare to safely re-open Indiana for business.”

Holcomb’s new order is intended to bring clarity to some essential businesses:

-- As long as sufficient protective equipment, staff, and other supplies are available for the COVID-19 response, hospitals should conduct medically necessary procedures, such as those determining cancer diagnosis and cardiac issues, respiratory procedures, and procedures to reduce significant pain or symptoms making quality of life unacceptable.

-- Any restrictions involving medical procedures will be evaluated every seven days for appropriate and timely modifications that could be implemented.

-- Permitted outdoor activity as described in the executive order includes yard work, gardening, planting, and landscaping at residential, commercial, and industrial properties and farms.

-- Nurseries and garden centers may be open for business as long as they limit the number of customers in their facility at any given time to achieve the CDC’s required social distancing, limit their hours of operation, and consider implementing separate operating hours for the elderly and other vulnerable customers.

-- Pet grooming at a pet salon, store, or mobile unit is permitted.

The Critical Industries Hotline is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday to respond to questions about whether a business is considered essential. Call (877) 820-0890 or email


Posted 4/21/2020




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