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Governor opens Indiana with cautiously optimistic restrictions; masks rule remains

Indiana is now opening up all restaurants at full Capacity starting September 26.  Governor Eric Holcomb has stated that he is confident in opening up because of the data that shows that COVID is getting better, saying “We’re very data driven.”

Indiana is now opening all restaurants at full Capacity starting September 26.  Governor Eric Holcomb has stated that he is confident in opening up because of the data that shows that COVID is getting better, saying “We’re very data driven.”.  Eric Holcomb uses the 7-day positivity rate as his evidence.  The 7-day Positivity rate is 4 percent when it used to be 6 percent.  They have also tested 15,000 a day and emphasizesthat rural counties have been negatively affected by this as well.  The governor encourages wearing masks and the daily practicing of basic hygiene practices.

The stage that is opening all the restaurants up is called Stage 5.  Stage 5 is the opening of restaurants and removing the limits of social events.

Size limitations have been removed, although if an event is over 500 people the organizers must contact their local health department.  Indoor and outdoor venues open at full capacity.

Bars and restaurants are allowed to open up at their fullest capacity although the tables must be spaced out at least 6 feet and masks are required.

Senior centers may reopen according to family and social services administration guidance.  Nursing services are required to provide visitation rights.  Gyms and fitness centers may resume normal operations.

Commissioner Teresa Lubbers says “  Black,Hispanic and those in rural areas have been disproportionately affected and tasked us in education and the workforce to find ways to ensure Indiana’s available opportunities are reaching these populations.”.

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