Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke on Tuesday, March 30, will update the public on how the River City will be impacted by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's latest directives on the state's plans moving forward through the COVID-19 pandemic.
This comes after the mayor met with the city's Medical Advisory Group on Wednesday to review the latest direction provided by the governor on Tuesday.
Here are some of the key highlights of the governor's Tuesday update:
Starting April 6, Gov. Holcomb's statewide mask mandate will become a mask advisory.
Under the new mask advisory on April 6, face coverings will remain mandatory in all government buildings and facilities as well as in all COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites. K-12 schools will also continue under current mask requirements through the remainder of the 2021 school year.
While masks won't necessarily be mandatory in some situations, Gov. Holcomb says that local governments, businesses, and other entities will choose whether or not to keep mask-wearing mandatory in their facilities.
Venue Capacity and Gatherings:
Also effective on April 6: decisions on venue capacity and social gatherings also be up to local officials, according to Gov. Holcomb.
Customers in restaurants, bars, and nightclubs will no longer be required by the state to be seated, though six feet of spacing between tables and other seating will still be recommended, as will be six feet of spacing between non-household parties.
The State's Vaccine Plan:
The Hoosier State now plans to open vaccine eligibility to all Indiana residents age 16 and up as of Wednesday, March 31, provided Indiana receives a large increase in the amount of vaccine (as outlined by the federal government), Gov. Holcomb said Tuesday.
Until Mayor Winnecke's March 30 update on these directives to the City of Evansville, he will continue to confer with local medical professionals and government leaders to assess the new state directives and how they'll affect our community.