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BACK ON TRACK: Indiana to ease restrictions in 5-tiered approach

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INDIANA (WPTA21) - Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a five-stage road map to reopen the state's economy by July 4.

Since March 24, Indiana has been "hunkered down." Gov. Holcomb said he has updated stay-at-home orders and restrictions based on COVID-19 data.

Gov. Holcomb said in order to reopen the economy, four things must happen: the state must monitor the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, retain the capacity to treat a surge of patients, have the ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic and have the ability to contact trace all cases.

"We are ready to move ahead in a measured way," Gov. Eric Holcomb said.

We've already been in "Stage 1" with the current restrictions, Holcomb said.

Starting on Monday, May 4, most of Indiana's counties will move to what he's calling "Stage 2."

  • Those in at-risk groups should remain at home as much as possible
  • Social gatherings of up to 25 people
  • Retail businesses may reopen at 50% capacity
  • Restaurants and bars may reopen on May 11 at 50% capacity
    • However, bar seating was ordered to remain closed
  • Lifting the essential travel ban
  • State offices to reopen to limited interactions with the public
  • Industries that were deemed non-essential can reopen
  • Shopping malls may reopen with 50% capacity
  • Hair Salons, barbershops, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors may reopen on May 11, by appointment only
  • Office-setting jobs are encouraged to continue working from home
  • Starting May 8 for all counties, all worshiping services may continue following strict social distancing guidelines.

Marion County and Lake County will remain in "Stage 1" restrictions until May 11, while Cass Counties restrictions will remain in place until May 18.

The state created a website that includes documentation for citizens, industries and places of worship. Click here for those industry guidelines.

Gov. Holcomb said if the numbers hold fast, Indiana will enter "Stage 3" on May 24:

  • At-risk people can venture out cautiously
  • Social gatherings of up to 100 people
  • Pools, playgrounds, campgrounds and gyms may open with restrictions
  • Those who may work remotely should continue to do so
  • Retail stores and malls can move to 75% capacity
  • Movie theatres can move to 50% capacity

Then, if we're still on track on June 14, Gov Holcomb said Indiana will enter into "Stage 4,"

  • Face coverings are optional
  • Zoos and museums can open at 50% capacity
  • Social gatherings of up to 200 people
  • Large venues may open with social distancing guidelines in place
  • State offices will open to the public
  • Retail stores and malls may open to full capacity with social distancing guidelines

Finally, Indiana is forcasted to make it to "Stage 5" by July 4:

  • Fairs, festivals and sporting events resume
  • Retail and restaurants may operate at full capacity
  • Restrictions will be lifted at amusement parks and water parks

Gov. Holcomb also took a moment to give his condolences to those who have lost their lives from the virus.

"They are not numbers. They are our parents. Our children. Our children. Our loved ones. Each life was precious," Gov. Holcomb said.

To date, Indiana has reported 1,062 deaths, and 18,630 COVID-19 cases statewide.

On Friday, the state reported its second-highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in Indiana.

Click here for the Indiana State Department of Health's coronavirus map.

Here are the current stay-at-home orders in surrounding states:

  • Ohio: extended to May 29
  • Michigan: extended to May 15
  • Illinois: extended to May 30
  • Kentucky: extended indefinitely

This is a breaking news story. It will be updated.

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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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