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Violators of governor's stay-at-home order risk arrest, but there are exceptions

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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.

Also closed: taverns and eat-in restaurants.

Meanwhile, leaving 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, and others.

-- 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."


Posted 3/26/2020




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