Gov. Eric Holcomb
is announcing that the state will remain in Stage 4.5 of the Back on Track
Indiana plan until Aug. 27.
may impose more restrictive guidelines.
“This virus will
take what we give it, so it is incumbent upon us to be on our best behavior,
practice social-distancing, good hygiene, and masking up,” Holcomb said in a
statement released after deadline on Thursday.
“Gov. Holcomb has
used data to drive decisions since the state’s first case of the novel
coronavirus in early March and he continues to do so,” the statement said.
“The state will continue to monitor and respond to these four guiding
-- The number of
hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has dropped for 14 days.
-- The state
retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators.
-- The state
retains its ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic as
well as healthcare workers, first-responders, and frontline employees.
-- Health officials
have systems in place to contact all persons who test positive for COVID-19
and expand contact tracing.
order also extends the moratorium on evictions from rental properties and
the prohibition on filing foreclosures through Aug. 14.
consultation with the Indiana State Health Department and the Indiana
Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the mandatory mask order for
schools has been modified to allow students to remove masks for classroom
instruction when they are able to maintain at least three to six feet of
distance between students,” the statement said.
government capital complex will begin to open to the public on Aug. 17.
Hoosiers who need assistance may continue to schedule appointments with
agencies in Indianapolis and throughout the state. Many offices, such as the
Bureau of Motor Vehicles, are open without an appointment needed.
guidance will be updated on BackOnTrack.in.gov
Holcomb signed an executive order extending the public health emergency an
additional 30 days.