INDIANA (WPTA21) - Starting Monday, Hoosiers are being ordered to wear a mask when out in public.
Following the lead of other states and numerous businesses, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order that calls for most people to wear face coverings in nearly all public settings.
A mask or other face covering may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or improvised from household items such as scarfs, bandanas and t-shirts. The mouth and nose should be covered.
State and local health departments will be responsible for enforcing compliance through education about the importance of wearing face coverings.
The order does offer some exemptions.
For example, children under 8 years of age, anyone who is incarcerated, people experiencing homelessness, people actively working out, and folks who are eating don't have to wear masks.
The order also gives broadcasters the ability to deliver the news without a mask on so long as social distancing can be maintained.
The executive order will stay in place until at least Aug. 26.
Holcomb's office indicated local governments can impose more restrictive guidelines.
Indiana's top leaders said they would make moves toward reopening the state based on these four principals:
- The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days
- The state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators
- The state retains the ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic, as well as healthcare workers, essential workers, first responders, and others as delineated on the ISDH website
- Health officials have systems in place to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and complete contract tracing
Gov. Holcomb said the state would remain in "stage 4.5" through at least July 31.
Here are the details for what it means to be in "stage 4.5:"
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