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Gov. Holcomb Signs New Executive Order, Voiding Stage 5 of Indiana's Reopening

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has signed his new Executive Order that goes into effect on Sunday, rescinding Stage 5 of Indiana's reopening and implementing new 'pandemic requirements' for all Hoosiers.

Posted: Nov 13, 2020 2:00 PM

On Friday, Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed Executive Order 20-48, thus voiding Stage 5 of Indiana's Back on Track Plan (Order 20-46) and implementing new "pandemic requirements" for all Indiana residents.

The new Executive Order signed by Gov. Holcomb on Friday will go into effect on Sunday, Nov. 15, and will last until at least Saturday, Dec. 12.

It outlines new restrictions for each county in the state of Indiana, based on the county's current weekly cases and positivity rate as defined by the color-coded county metrics map. Each county is assigned a color, ranging from Blue, to Yellow, to Orange, to Red, from least-severe spread to most.

Blue: The county has low community spread.

  • Social gatherings of any kind, indoor or outdoor, are limited to 250 people.
  • A special, seasonal or commercial event for which more than 250 people will be in attendance, must submit a plan to the local health department at least seven days in advance and receive approval before proceeding. This requirement is effective Nov. 22.

Yellow: The county has moderate community spread.

  • Social gatherings of any kind, indoor or outdoor, are limited to 100 people.
  • A special, seasonal or commercial event for which more than 100 people will be in attendance, must submit a plan to the local health department at least seven days in advance and receive approval before proceeding. This requirement is effective Nov. 22.

Orange: The county’s community spread is approaching high levels.

  • These requirements are in effect when a county reaches the Orange metric and remain until a county moves to Yellow or Blue for two straight weeks.
    • Social gatherings of any kind, indoor or outdoor, are limited to 50 people.
    • A special, seasonal or commercial event for which more than 50 people will be in attendance, must submit a plan to the local health department at least seven days in advance and receive approval before proceeding. College and professional sports are included. This requirement is effective Nov. 22.

Red: The county has very high positivity and community spread.

  • When a county is in the Red metric, these requirements remain in effect until the metric has returned to Orange or lower for two weeks.
    • Social gatherings of any kind, indoor or outdoor, are limited to 25 people.
    • A special, seasonal or commercial event for which more than 25 people will be in attendance, must submit a plan to the local health department at least seven days in advance and receive approval before proceeding. College and professional sports are included. This requirement is effective Nov. 22.

Under Gov. Holcomb's new Executive Order, face coverings are required for all Hoosiers regardless of a county’s color code.

Businesses of all types are also required to place clearly visible signs at their public and employee entrances notifying all that face coverings are required.

All customers in restaurants and bars are also required to be seated. Tables, counters, or other seating arrangements must be spaced six feet apart.

You can view Gov. Holcomb's new Executive Order, which goes into effect on Sunday, below:

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