For the record,
Gov. Eric Holcomb's stay-at-home order issued on Monday prohibits public and
private gatherings of more than 10 people which occur outside of a single
household or living unit.
All places of
public amusement, either indoors or outdoors, must be closed, including but
not limited to locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks,
water parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, children's play
centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, movies and other theaters,
concert and music halls, and country clubs and social clubs.
taverns and eat-in restaurants.
the home for the following reasons is permitted:
-- For health and
safety, such as seeking emergency services, visiting a health professional,
and obtaining medical supplies and prescriptions.
-- For necessary
supplies and services: items needed to work at home, auto supplies and
repair, food, and products necessary to maintain the safey, sanitation, and
essential operation of homes.
-- For engaging in
outdoor activity: walking, running, hiking, or biking, so long as social
distancing is practiced. Persons may visit public parks and open outdoor
recreation areas, but public access playgrounds must be closed.
-- For essential
employment: government, healthcare, human services, critical infrastructure,
-- For the caring
of family, friends, and pets.
Persons found in
violation of the stay-at-home order--those outside the home for non-exempt
reasons and not practicing social distancing--could be criminally charged,
according to a statement released on Wednesday by Porter County Prosecuting
Attorney Gary Germann: "As you know, the Governor has issued a 'shelter at
home' order, which Indiana law gives him the authority to do in cases of
emergency. There are in fact legal consequences if the Governor's order is
not followed. I have authorized only as a last resort all of our police
agencies to arrest anyone who chooses not to follow the order. Charges will
be filed. I can assure you none of us want to take this kind of drastic
action unless absolutely necessary, so please follow the order. It is a
simple act of obedience. I would rather our community be defined as helpers
not hoarders, selfless as opposed to selfish, and faithful not fearful.
Together we will get through this, but it will not be easy and it will not
be quick. The sacrifices we make for the common good as a community in the
end will only make us stronger."