Indiana's Public Health Emergency, Gathering Restrictions Extended Into 2021

The Hoosier State will enter 2021 in a Public Health Emergency and with restrictions on events and gatherings in place following Gov. Holcomb's Thursday extension of two COVID-19 Executive Orders.

Posted: Dec 31, 2020 3:17 PM

Indiana will pass from 2020 into 2021 in a Public Health Emergency for the COVID-19 outbreak.

Executive Order 20-52, which declares a public health emergency exists throughout the state as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, is a 30-day extension of Governor Eric Holcomb's original Executive Order declaring a public health emergency in Indiana.

The Executive Order was previously set to expire at the end of 2020 on Dec. 31, but will now last through the majority of the first month of the new year, until Jan. 30, 2021, after the Governor signed it on Thursday.

Thursday's renewal of the order by Gov. Holcomb comes as its 10th renewal so far, since it was first issued on March 6, the same day that the first positive case of COVID-19 was identified in the state.

You can view that Executive Order here.

Gov. Holcomb Extends Executive Order on County-Based Restrictions

In addition to his extension of the state's Public Health Emergency, Gov. Holcomb on Thursday extended his Executive Order on county-specific restrictions on gatherings and events based on each county's current color-coded classification on the state health department's County Metrics Map.

This Executive Order, Executive Order 20-53, cap attendance sizes for events/gatherings in Red counties at 25 people, with no exceptions able to be made by the health department.

→Details: County-by-County Gathering/Event Size Restrictions

→Related: Local Indiana Counties Currently in the Red

While the restrictions on gathering sizes will now remain effective until at least Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at 11:59 p.m, restrictions previously imposed on hospitals statewide that disallowed them from performing non-emergent surgeries will be lifted as of Jan. 4, when the original Executive Order was previously set to expire.

You can view that Executive Order here.


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