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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Press Release May 7th 2020

Mayor Parry issued his order today TO TAKE EFFECT AT  12:01 AM Friday, May 8, 2020 

Mayor Parry has aligned himself with Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order and his “Back on Track Plan” for Indiana with just two exceptions. Mayor Parry has limited religious services to a maximum of 25 people, and out-of-state visitors shall self-quarantine for seven days upon arrival to the City. 

To assist our citizen’s as a “GUIDE” the following is a summary by category of the re-opening dates contained in the “Back on Track Plan” for Indiana order issued by Governor Holcomb on May 1, 2020

Amusement Parks (Including water parks): May open at 50% capacity on June 14th. Reservations to be required to limit the number of customers at any one time. May open at full capacity on July 4th, subject to social distancing.

Bars (that offer food services): Until May 11th may offer carryout, curbside, and delivery services. Beginning May 11th may open at 50% capacity, under specified conditions. Beginning July 4th may operate at full capacity.

Bars (that do not offer food service) and nightclubs: May open at 50% capacity on June 14th, with social distancing. Beginning on July 4th , bars and nightclubs may operate at full capacity.

Beaches (including shorelines and pier): Open starting May 11th subject to social gathering policy and social distancing guidelines.

BMV (Bureau of Motor Vehicles) branches: Approximately 50% of branches to open on May 4th, with services by appointment only; remaining branches to open by May 18th.

Boating: Permitted starting May 11th, subject to social distancing guidelines 

Campgrounds (except for permanent RV and cabin residents):  May open on May 24th with social distancing and sanitary precautions.

Camps (overnight camps and day camps): To be determined based on CDC guidance.

Casinos: Closed pending further guidance.

Colleges and Universities: May be open for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions, subject to maintaining social distancing to the extent possible. Enhanced cleaning required upon reopening.

Conventions: May resume on July 4th .

Elderly and those with high-risk health conditions: Until May 24th, those 65 and over, and those with high-risk health conditions, should remain at home when possible. Beginning May 24, such persons should limit exposure at work and in their communities. Beginning June 14th, such persons should remain cautious at work and in their communities and adhere to social distancing.

Elective medical procedures: Permitted as of April 27th. Until further guidance is provided, only one person may accompany patient.

Entertainment and cultural venues (including bowling alleys, museums, zoos, aquariums, and similar facilities, but NOT including sports events, fairs, festivals and parades): May open on June 14th at 50% capacity. (Full opening is subject to further guidance.)

Essential businesses (including essential manufacturing, construction, infrastructure, government, healthcare, and other critical businesses and operations): May be open, as outlined in Governor’s Executive Order 20-22.

Face coverings for general public: Face coverings for the public are recommended in public settings until June 14th, and are optional beginning on June 14th .

Golf courses: Open. (Practicing Social Distancing)

Graduation ceremonies: Indiana Department of Education to establish guidelines in consultation with Indiana Department of Health.

Gyms, fitness centers, community centers and similar facilities: May open on May 24, with restrictions, including spacing restrictions, cleaning requirements, and requirement that employees

wear face coverings. No restrictions beginning on July 4.

Hygiene: Good hygiene and frequent hand washing continue to be strongly recommended.

Libraries: As of May 8th, based on proper social and gathering guidelines,

Local government operations (cities, towns, counties, etc.): As of May 8th, may make decisions for themselves based on their own policies and guidelines.

Malls (shopping malls): As of May 8th, may open at 50% capacity. Beginning May 24th, malls may move to 75% capacity while maintaining social distancing. Beginning June 14, malls may operate at full capacity, with social distancing guidelines.

Indoor common areas of malls (such as food courts and sitting areas) may open at 25% capacity as of May 4th   until July 4th ; then may move to full capacity, with social distancing guidelines.

Manufacturers, industrial operations, and other infrastructure that has not been in operation: May open on May 4th following OSHA and CDC guidelines.

Movie theatres: May open on May 24th at 50% capacity. (Full opening is subject to further guidance.)

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities: No visitation allowed pending further guidance. 

Personal service businesses (such as hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors): May open beginning May 11th by appointment only, and subject to specified conditions (including spacing of workstations and requirement that employees wear face coverings, and with customers to wear face coverings, if possible. Beginning July 4th may open at full capacity.

Playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, amusement parks, tourist sites, water parks:  May open on May 24th, with social distancing required.

Religious services: Beginning May 8, inside services (such as weddings, funerals, and baptisms) are permitted with a 25-person maximum (with more complete details available in “Revised Guidelines for Places of Worship” and specified recommendations regarding those 65 and older and those with high-risk health conditions).

Restaurants: Until May 11th may offer carryout, curbside, and delivery service; then, beginning May 11th  may operate at 50% capacity until June 14, subject to specified conditions (including keeping bar seating closed, no live entertainment, and requirement that servers and kitchen staff wear face coverings); then may operate at 75% capacity beginning  June 14. Bar seating in restaurants may open at 50% capacity on June 14, until July 4th. Beginning July 4th, restaurants may operate at full capacity.

School buildings, facilities and grounds (K-12): School buildings remain closed and all activities remain cancelled through June 30 (subject to certain limited Executive Order exceptions). May be allowed to open on July 1st (pending confirmation from State). May be open for purposes of facilitating distance learning, or performing essential functions, subject to social distancing requirements, with requirement for enhanced cleaning. Timing of full operations will be determined at a later date.

Senior Center: May open on June 14th

Senior living and adult day care facilities: May open on May 31st (subject to possible delay in starting date).

Social distancing continues to be strongly recommended.

Social gatherings (e.g., parties, receptions, weddings, Mother’s Day gatherings): Limited to 25 people, subject to social distancing, until May 24; then, beginning May 24th, limited to 100 people until June 14, subject to social distancing; then, beginning June 14, limited to 250 people until July 4, subject to social distancing. Beginning on July 4, size will not be limited but will be subject to social distancing.

Sports events, fairs, festivals and parades (i.e., large events): may resume July 4th.

Sports leagues (recreational sports leagues) and tournaments: May resume June 14th.

State government (access to state government buildings): Continued operations, but with restrictions on public access to buildings until June 14th. Unlimited access beginning on June 14th.

State government executive branch offices: On May 11th will begin limited public services, and employees will begin to return to work in small waves.

State parks: Open.

Stores and retail and commercial businesses (non-essential, such as clothing stores, furniture stores, jewelry stores, and liquor stores that have been operating as curbside delivery only): As of May 8th, may open at 50% capacity until May 24th. On May 24th, may open at 75% capacity until June 14th. Beginning on June 14th may open at full capacity with social distancing. Beginning on July 4th may operate at full capacity.

Stores (essential retail providing necessities of life, including grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, building materials stores): As of May 8th, may open at 50% capacity until May 24th, in accordance with Governor’s Executive Order 20-22. Then, on May 24th, may open at 75% capacity until June 14th. Beginning on June 14th may open at full capacity with social distancing. Beginning on July 4th may operate at full capacity.

Swimming pools (community pools): May open on May 24th, subject to CDC guidance

Travel:  As of May 8th, all local travel (including non-essential travel) permitted. Those 65 and over, and those with high-risk health conditions, are encouraged to remain at home when possible. (People are encouraged to work remotely from home where possible.) Effective May 24th, no travel restrictions will remain in effect.

Work (including office work): Office workers (and other workers) are encouraged to continue to work remotely, where possible, until July 4th, but, as of May 8th may return to offices in small waves, until June 14th. Beginning on June 14th , professional office building employees may resume work at full capacity.

Zoo: May open on June 14th.

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