Holcomb Extends Statewide Mask Mandate, Renews Public Health Emergency

As Indiana moves forward into Stage 5 of its reopening, Gov. Holcomb on Thursday extended the statewide mask mandate and renewed the declaration of a public health emergency.

Posted: Sep 24, 2020 1:16 PM

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb on Thursday announced the extension of his statewide mask mandate to align with the state's transition into Stage 5 of its reopening.

Stage 5 of Holcomb's "Back on Track Indiana" plan goes into effect on Saturday, Sept. 26, and will be in effect until Saturday, Oct. 17. Holcomb said Thursday that the statewide mask mandate was extended until at least Oct. 17, which aligns with the current end date in place for Stage 5 of Indiana's reopening.

DETAILS: Stage 5 of Indiana's Reopening Plan

“Indiana continues to experience steady health indicators as Hoosiers change their habits to wash our hands more, practice social distancing and wear face coverings," said Gov. Holcomb. "This allows us to continue to get Indiana Back on Track, and I urge Hoosiers to keep up their vigilance, especially as the days get cooler, so schools and businesses can remain open."

The Governor also signed an executive order on Thursday extending the public health emergency for an additional 30 days.

To view a copy of Executive Order 20-43 which sets in-motion Stage 5 of Indiana's reopening, click here.

You can view a copy of Executive Order 20-44, which is the seventh renewal of the state's public health emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic by clicking here.

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It was another chilly start across the Tri-State; while we only dipped as low as 43° in Evansville, many others across the Tri-State fell into the upper 30s earlier this morning. The cool air didn't linger long however, temperatures quickly reached back into the mid 70s across the region this afternoon - higher pressure camped out over the southeastern quarter of the country will continue to keep the skies above the Tri-State clear while gradually driving temperatures higher over the next few days. Despite our anticipated southerly winds this evening, you may still want to grab a jacket before your head out to dinner; after seeing a temperature near 64° around dinnertime, we'll fall off toward the mid to upper 50s by 10 o'clock. Overnight lows will again dwindle into the mid to low 40s for the majority of the Ohio Valley early Tuesday morning.
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