With the mask mandate coming to an end at midnight on Wednesday, Governor Holcomb took to the podium to update Hoosier citizens on the status of the statewide mask mandate
Just before 2:30 today, Governor Holcomb announced the state of Indiana would renew its mask mandate that’s been in place since the end of July.
The extension of the mask mandate comes after more than 971 new Hoosiers have come down with the coronavirus on Wednesday.
And the health department emphasized the effectiveness of the mask mandate.
“If you look at specific counties that are having issues, many of them are the first to admit that the mask mandate is just not being used there, so I think that other things that we can do as Hoosiers is if we go into and establishment or a retail place where they’re not wearing masks, or they don’t ask their individuals there that are shopping or eating or doing whatever to wear a mask," said Dr. Kristina Box, commissioner of the department of health. "They’re not social distancing. Maybe choose to take your business elsewhere.”
And the upholding of the mandate comes just a day after the CDC announced that grocery store workers should not engage in arguments with those that try to come in the store without a mask.
There was a mask incident at an Evansville Circle K when the mask mandate was first implemented, but since then, Evansville citizens say they haven't seen any issues arise from it.
“I haven’t seen any people making problems over it. For the better part of it, I think people are more aware of what needed to be taken care of," said Roberta Maikranz.
And a local grocery store worker in the river city spoke about how they’ve been following the new CDC guideline for months now.
“Most of our customers were fine with wearing a mask, but there were a few that weren’t," said Caroline Koenig, produce manager of Elbert's Natural Food Market. "Ya know, we don’t really confront those people. A lot of times just by fiddling with your own mask while they’re looking at you kind of reminds them like we’d like you to put it up without saying anything, and if somebody walks In we’ll just grab a mask, and be like ‘hey, please put this on. It’s free.’ We’d rather make that super easy than have the $1 be a problem.”
The extension will remain in affect for another 30 days, and when the end of September approaches, Governor Holcomb will again assess the standing of covid 19 in Indiana and decide whether the state still needs the mask mandate.