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Indiana to move to ‘stage 5’ of state’s reopening plan; mask order to remain in effect

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INDIANA (WPTA21) - Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says the state has made enough progress in tamping down the spread of COVID-19 to move to "stage 5" of the state's reopening plan.

The mask mandate will remain in effect through Oct. 17.

The state will be removing size limits on restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gyms, conventions, museums and other large events.

Holcomb did say that gatherings of 500 people or more will need to get the approval of their local health department.

Stage 5 goes into effect Saturday.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 728 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and 10 new deaths.

All of the new cases are from Tuesday tests, and the new deaths occurred between Sept. 16 and Sept. 22.

In the last 30 days, Indiana has noted 26,422 cases of the virus.

READ MORE: State Health officials report 728 new cases of COVID-19; 10 additional deaths

Here's some guidance of what the state previously said "Stage 5" means:


  • Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs may operate at full capacity
  • Personal services may open at full capacity
  • Gyms, fitness centers and workout facilities may operate at full capacity
  • Conventions may resume at full capacity
  • Amusement parks, water parks, and like facilities may operate at full capacity. Social distancing guidelines should be maintained
  • Cultural, entertainment, and tourism sites may open at full capacity. This includes museums, zoos, aquariums, and like facilities
  • Pari-mutuel horse racing and county and state fair racing may operate at full spectator capacity
  • Raceway events may return to full capacity

Click here for more on the state's reopening plan.

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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