Indiana's Mask Mandate Comes to an End

Through the latest Executive Order issued by Indiana's governor, the statewide mask mandate ended on Tuesday. Now, individual businesses and governments must decide how they'll proceed.

Posted: Apr 6, 2021 9:05 AM
Updated: Apr 6, 2021 9:07 AM

Indiana's mask mandate came to an end on Tuesday and shifted to a mask advisory through the signing of Governor Eric Holcomb's latest Executive Order.

As a mask advisory, masks are still required in a few situations - like on state-owned property, at COVID-19 testing or vaccination sites, and at schools.

Beyond that, the decision to require masks falls on local leaders, and in Evansville, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke made the call to fall in line with Gov. Holcomb's guidance.

Despite the mayor following the state's lead on doing away with the mask mandate, private businesses and other institutions will still be able to implement their own mask requirement, should they choose to do so, making masking up no longer just a health issue - but also a legal one.

The law gives businesses the right to turn a customer away for not wearing a mask.

While some local businesses are ready to ditch the mask requirement altogether, others are planning to keep masking in-place, at least for now.

"The bottom line is we're going to listen to the medical professionals and they're recommending wearing a mask," says David Tang, general manager at Comfort by the Cross-Eyed Cricket in downtown Evansville. "So we're going to keep the mask requirements for the restaurant here for the workers and for the customers."

The Vanderburgh County Health Department says that under Gov. Holcomb's new Executive Order on masks, it won't have the authority to enforce any safety protocols - but is still strongly recommending that everyone continue to mask up.

For more details on Gov. Holcomb's latest executive order, you can view the full thing by clicking here.

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