Mayor Joe Hogsett and Dr. Virginia Caine of the Marion County Public Health Department said today that the “stay at home” order in place for Marion County are now extended through May 1. The restrictions include a “warning” travel status, the highest level of local travel emergency, and the ordered closure of all non-essential business activity.
Additionally, the closure of all Marion County golf courses will being April 3 and the city says the cancellation of all Indy Parks programming in the month of April. Other businesses with essential functions are permitted to remain open and their employees are permitted to continue traveling to work.
“As the spread of COVID-19 continues in Marion County, the medical data makes clear that our fight against this deadly outbreak must continue for another month,” said Hogsett. “These historic efforts are making a difference, and I want to thank residents and businesses as we come together as one city and make sacrifices that will flatten the curve and save lives.”
When asked about possible statewide ‘stay in place’ extensions, Governor Eric Holcomb stated, “Many of our dates are in two-week increments. We’ll make an effort to align as many of those as we can. The next update that we’ll have will be within a week to give folks notice and time to adjust.”
An up-to-date list of “essential businesses and operations,” as recommended by state and federal guidance, can be found by clicking here.
A letter to all essential businesses, reminding them of social distancing guidelines and reinforcing the need to make changes in the workplace, was also sent by Mayor Hogsett and the Marion County Health Department. According to the letter, essential businesses that fail to adhere to and implement safety guidelines will risk losing their essential status and right to remain open.
“COVID-19 has been one of the most significant public health challenges our community has ever faced,” said Dr. Caine. “By strictly adhering to these stay-at-home orders, we lessen the burden on our health care system and protect those who are most atrisk for complications from the virus. I urge everyone to do their part to slow the spread as we all deal with the effects of COVID-19.”