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State eases rules for unemployment insurance, issues other virus guidance

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In a continuing effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Gov. Eric Holcomb has issued the following guidelines on Monday.

--The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has suspended rules requiring certain unemployment insurance claimants to physically appear at a Work One location to engage in reemployment services for the next four weeks. This will ensure that individuals who may be symptomatic do not have to physically appear to continue their unemployment insurance eligibility.

--The DWD will also request flexibility under federal and state law to expand eligibility for claimants and ease burdens on employers.

--Indiana will adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for large events and mass gatherings. The guidance recommends no in-person events of more than 50 people.

--Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are required to close to in-person patrons and may provide take-out and delivery services through the end of March.

--Hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers should cancel and/or postpone elective and non-urgent surgical procedures immediately. This action will help the healthcare system conserve resources and personnel necessary to meet emerging health needs/

--Physicians should continue to perform critical procedures necessary to prevent short-term and/or long-term adverse effects to their patients’ overall health.

--The state’s Emergency Operations Center has been raised to a Level 1 status and will work in conjunction with the incident command center at the Indiana State Department of Health for planning, coordination, predictive analysis, and other functions.

--The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, which are closed on Mondays, will close to the public beginning Tuesday, while the Visitor Center at White River State Park will close.

--Indiana state parks and recreation centers, including state park inns, remain open. Restaurants will convert operations to take-out and delivery.

--Communities are encouraged to work together to provide child care options for all who need assistance and delivery services of meals and other necessities for senior citizens.

--Hoosiers who can donate blood are encouraged to visit local blood centers. Blood supplies are low. Please follow the guidance at www.redcross.org

 

 

Posted 3/18/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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