As of Tuesday, April 6, Indiana's statewide mask mandate will no longer be a mandate, only an advisory, according to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.
While masks will still be mandatory in some places like State buildings, schools, and COVID-19 vaccination/testing sites, this will largely leave the decision on mask rules up to government officials on the local level.
Unless there's a city or county mandate in place, business owners like Elizabeth Fulton, Co-Owner at Libby & Mom's Cafe in Evansville, will have the option to decide whether or not they'll enforce mask-wearing in their establishments.
"I think we're all ready to shed them," said Fulton. "We were hoping at the end of this month that they would lift it, you know, with the numbers and all the vaccines."
While some restaurants like Libby & Mom's Cafe have already decided to ditch the masks, others are still undecided on what's going to be best for their business.
Brian Mallow, Manager at Turoni's Pizzery & Brewery, says the restaurant will move in the same direction as the community.
"We haven't made that decision yet, but we're planning on moving with the community in the same direction," Mallow explained.
After meeting with local medical professionals and leaders to assess the new state directives, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke plans to address the City of Evansville on Tuesday, March 30.