Indiana will officially require face coverings, starting on Monday, July 27th.
Governor Eric Holcomb has signed the Executive Order that will take effect, starting next week until at least August 26th.
"Hoosiers have worked hard to get where we are today with businesses open and people back at work," said Gov. Holcomb.
"We want to keep it that way. We don't want to dial things back. Face coverings can and will help us blunt the increase of this virus."
In the Executive Order, every individual within the State of Indiana shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when:
- Inside a business, public building, or other indoor place open to the public. The order does not extend into private offices, private workspaces, or meetings when six feet of social distancing can be achieved.
- In an outdoor public space when you can't maintain six feed of distance.
- Using public transportation or while in a taxi, private car services, or ride-sharing vehicle.
The governor's office says that it will be up to state and local health departments to enforce compliance "through education about the importance of wearing face coverings." There are no criminal penalties within the executive order.