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Indiana to Lift Gathering Size Limits in Stage 5 of Reopening

Stage 5 of Indiana's "Back on Track" plan will go into effect on Saturday, which will remove size limitations on gatherings, meetings, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and more.

Posted: Sep 23, 2020 2:00 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2020 1:20 PM

During Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's Sept. 23 COVID-19 update to the Hoosier State, he said the state would be moving into Stage 5 of its 'Back on Track' plan.

"Because of the progress that we've made... going back now for a few months as that steady progression has occurred, we'll be able to move on to stage 5 of our 'Back on Track' plan," said Gov. Holcomb.

Under Stage 5 of Indiana's "Back on Track" plan:

  • Face coverings will be required for all Hoosiers per Executive Order 20-43.
  • Social distancing will still be required.
  • All size limitations will be removed for social gatherings and meetings, though organizers of events that include over 500 people must submit a written plan to the local health department.
  • Restaurants and bars that offer food service may open at full capacity, though bar-section customers must be seated.
  • Bars and nightclubs can open at full capacity, though customers must be seated and social distancing required.
  • Indoor and outdoor venues may open at full capacity.
  • Senior Centers and congregate nutrition sites may reopen according to Family and Social Services Administration guidance.
  • Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are required to provide visitation opportunities
  • Personal services, gyms, fitness centers, and workout facilities may resume normal operations.

Holcomb said the Stage 5 "Back on Track" plan document would be updated by Thursday, and that it would go into effect on Saturday, Sept. 26.

"It will all be updated by tomorrow close of business," Holcomb said Wednesday. "And it will go into effect obviously on Saturday. So this current phase sunsets if you will on Friday."



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