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UPDATED: Indiana Stay-At-Home Order FAQ
INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, April 20, 2020) – Governor Eric J. Holcomb Monday extended the order requiring Hoosiers to remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. Below are frequently asked questions about the order and their answers.
When does this updated Stay-at-Home Order take effect?
This new Stay-At-Home Order, Executive Order, 20-22, takes effect Monday, April 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
When does this order end?
This new order ends on Friday, May 1, at 11:59 p.m. ET, but could be extended if the outbreak warrants it.
Where does this amended order apply?
This amended Stay-At-Home Order applies to the entire state of Indiana. Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you must stay home.
Is this mandatory or a recommendation?
This order is mandatory. For the safety of all Hoosiers, people must stay home and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Is this new Stay-At-Home order different from the previous one issued on April 6?
Yes, the new Executive Order 20-22 changes some of the provisions of the second Stay-at-Home Order, Executive Order 20-18. In addition to extending the order through May 1, it provides additional clarity on outdoor activities, veterinary care, and medically necessary procedures.
How can I tell what’s been changed from the previous Stay-At-Home order issued April 6?
The changes are shown, throughout this new order, by using italics to highlight them.
How will this order be enforced?
Staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Adhering to this order will save lives, and it is the responsibility of every Hoosier to do their part. However, if this new order is not followed, the Indiana State Department of Health and the Enforcement Response Team created by executive order can take action against businesses.
First, a verbal warning will be given. If the business fails to comply with the verbal warning, the Indiana State Department of Health may issue a cease and desist letter.
If the business continues to operate, the Indiana State Department of Health can order the business to close. The business will be reported to the Secretary of State and to any relevant licensing, permitting, or certifying board, commission or other entity, and the business could lose its operating license or permit. Additionally, if an order to close a business is issued, a local prosecuting attorney may file charges for violating the executive order issued under Indiana’s Emergency Disaster Law.
Reports of suspected violations can be filed with Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) by clicking on this link:
What is the penalty under Indiana’s Emergency Disaster Law?
A knowing violation of an executive order issued pursuant to Indiana’s Emergency Disaster Law is a class B misdemeanor, punishable up to 180 days incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000.
Who will enforce this order?
The Indiana State Department of Health will work with the Enforcement Response Team led by the Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission when issuing warnings, citations or orders to close nonessential businesses that remain open. Essential businesses can also face warnings, citations or orders to close for violations of social distancing and sanitation requirements.
What is an essential activity?
Essential activities include activities needed for sustenance, necessities of life, health, education, or employment, and as necessary to take care of others while applying social distancing requirements.
What businesses can be open to in-person, in-store shopping?
Retail businesses that are providing the necessities of life may remain open to the public under the following conditions:
Retail businesses that provide necessities of life include: grocery stores, supermarkets, supercenters or mass merchandizers (provided they have a sizable food/grocery section), specialty food stores, certified farmer’s markets, farm and produce stands, convenience stores and gas stations, pharmacies, auto sales, auto supply, auto maintenance and repair, farm equipment, construction equipment, bicycle shops, hardware and supply stores, office supply stores, club stores (i.e., Costco, Sam’s Club), building material and supplies stores (i.e., Lowe’s, Menards, Home Depot).
All other retail businesses not providing the necessities of life, as described above, may remain open only under the following conditions:
I work for an essential business. Will I be allowed to travel to and from work?
Yes. Law enforcement will not be stopping drivers on their way to and from work, traveling for an essential activity such as going to the grocery store, or just taking a walk.
Do I need a letter from my employer in order to drive to and from work?
No. You do not need a letter from your employer.
I need to get my driver’s license renewed and/or apply for a CDL license for work. Is the BMV open?
Hoosiers can still complete various BMV transactions online through myBMV, calling the contact center, or return items via USPS mail. Expiration dates on all state-issued licenses and registrations are extended. All late fees and credit card transactions fees are waived for 60 days from the implementation of Executive Order 20-05 on March 19.
Nine Bureau of Motor Vehicles branches are open by appointment only to process new Commercial Learner’s Permits (CLP), new Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL), and upgrade/downgrade for the CDL to add the tank vehicle or hazardous materials endorsement credential transactions. These branches are opening for appointments to support the current critical need to increase the number of new licensed commercial truck drivers on the road delivering supplies and to aid in the start of agricultural season in our state. Click here to learn more:
Can I still order take out/delivery from restaurants and bars?
Yes, restaurants and bars can continue to provide takeout and delivery, but should be closed to dine-in patrons.
After a presentation Thursday that touched on the disinfectants that can kill the novel coronavirus on surfaces and in the air, President Trump pondered whether those chemicals could be used to fight the virus inside the human body.
“I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute,” Trump said during Thursday’s coronavirus press briefing. “And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets inside the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”
9-April, FOREST CITY, Iowa —Winnebago Industries will begin reopening some of its plants next week.
While Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago will reopen some of its plants in other states beginning Monday, it isn’t planning to reopen its operations in northern Indiana's Elkhart County until May 4 or later, company spokesman Sam Jefson told the South Bend Tribune. … when Newmar and Grand Design are scheduled (but not guaranteed) to reopen. Winnebago Towables are scheduled to reopen during the week of May 18. The subsidiaries scheduled to open next week are Chris-Craft and Winnebago Specialty Vehicles, which are both out of state.
Each business within Winnebago Industries currently continues to perform essential activities for its dealers and end customers, including remote retail support for dealers, along with technical care, warranty administration and parts fulfillment. The schedule for reopening is subject to change as Winnebago Industries will continue to evaluate the operating environment and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and state and federal governments. As the company resumes operations, all employees are required to adhere to applicable safety protocols whether working physically on campus or offsite. Winnebago’s measures to keep employees safe include social distancing, sanitization practices and daily employee health checks.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state officials updated the public on the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic during a news conference Monday (13-April-2020) afternoon.
As of noon on Monday, Indiana reported 8,236 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 350 related deaths, according to the Indiana State Department of Health's dashboard on Thursday. More than 44,539 tests had been administered, ISDH said. The state health department says 44% of ICU beds and 73% of ventilators are available.
As of April 6th, Indiana's Governor Eric J. Holcomb issued a new two-week Stay-At-Home order designed to limit interactions among Hoosiers to increase containment of COVID-19. As of 6th of April, 4,944 people have tested positive and 139 people have died from the disease. There are now positive tests in 89 of 92 counties. Click here to see the executive order:
As a part of this action, Gov. Holcomb also extended for two weeks (until 20th) the orders that limit in-person public activity at state government offices and put restrictions on the operation of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
“Hoosiers have done a great job adapting to the new rules put in place during this public health emergency, but I believe the next two weeks to month could be the most critical for all of us,” said Gov. Holcomb. “So I am asking you to take even more precautions: only make in-person purchases when absolutely needed and use other delivery and pickup options when available. Limit who is traveling with you and entering stores.”
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: