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Gov. Holcomb says non-essential businesses can operate if they close foot traffic; utilize curbside pickup or online orders

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GOV HOLCOMB COVID 4 6 2020

INDIANA (WPTA21) - Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has extended the state's stay-at-home order through Monday, April 20 at 11:59 p.m.

In his new executive order, Gov. Holcomb divides businesses into two categories: Businesses that provide the "necessities of life" and businesses that don't provide the "necessities of life."

Grocery stores, office supply stores, and automotive businesses provide a "necessity of life" that will help people work from home.

State officials said people may come inside these stores to shop and pay for goods and services.

However, the retailers that do not provide necessities of life -- think florists, craft stores, beauty supply stores -- must close the inside of their stores.

The Gov. is ordering them to use a call-in service or utilize online orders.

All retail businesses except pharmacies and grocery stores are asked to establish a curbside service or delivery like restaurants are bars are doing.

All campgrounds, including within state parks, were also ordered to close.

"We had those opened with good intentions in mind, but we can't have parking lots full of hundreds of folks," Gov. Holcomb said.

Gov. Holcomb directed the creation of a multi-agency enforcement response team to investigate violations of the stay-at-home order.

His office said enforcement will not begin until 24 hours after the order takes effect so that businesses can make adjustments.

"What we do today will have a direct impact on where we find ourselves two weeks from now," Gov. Holcomb said.

"We project that we're at the beginning of our surge. So it's incredibly important to be very mindful of our actions."

The Critical Industries Hotline will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday to respond to business and industry questions about whether a business is considered essential.

The center may be reached by calling 877-820-0890 or by emailing covidresponse@iedc.in.gov.

While the Stay At Home order chiefly continues as is, modifications and restrictions have been made to limit interactions among people. Here are some highlights of EO 20-18:

  • Retail businesses that provide necessities of life may remain open but should limit the number of customers in the establishment at any given time; implement hours for elderly and other vulnerable populations, as well as limit hours of operation to restock and clean; and comply with all mitigation measures to protect employees and the public. A list of such businesses is included in the executive order.
  • All other retail business may remain open if they restrict sales to online or call-in ordering with delivery or curbside pickup.
  • Professional services should be conducted virtually or by telephone.
  • All campgrounds will be closed except for those who use recreational vehicles or cabins as their primary residence. State parks remain open to daily visitors.
  • Hoosiers are reminded that all public and private gatherings of any kind that include more than 10 people are prohibited.
  • All employers, regardless of type, must continue to comply with the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) standards and safety and health standards established and enforced by IOSHA. IOSHA is actively accepting and investigating complaints of violations. The complaint process may be accessed at https://www.in.gov/dol/
  • In addition to IOSHA investigations, Gov. Holcomb has directed the creation of a multi-agency enforcement response team, led by the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to respond to and investigate other violations of the new order. Much like the enforcement of the restaurant, bar and nightclub executive order, this team will be charged with helping business owners comply with the order before issuing a directive to close a business.

Click here for the new stay-at-home order FAQ.

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Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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