Holcomb extends ‘stay at home’ order, closes Indiana retail businesses to foot traffic


INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) — In a new executive order, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday said only retail businesses that provide “necessities of life” were allowed to remain open as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state continues to climb.

The governor also extended the state’s “stay at home” order until April 20.

In a teleconference from Indianapolis, Holcomb said retail businesses would be closed to foot traffic, much in the same way bars and restaurants have been. They can offer curbside pickup or delivery, if possible. Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and convenience stores and other businesses considered “essential” can stay open, according to the order.

Holcomb also ordered state parks and campgrounds to close to campers.

Here are some highlights of the latest executive order:

  • Retail businesses that provide necessities of life may remain open but should limit the number of customers in the establishment at any given time; implement hours for elderly and other vulnerable populations, as well as limit hours of operation to restock and clean; and comply with all mitigation measures to protect employees and the public. A list of such businesses is included in the executive order.
  • All other retail business may remain open if they restrict sales to online or call-in ordering with delivery or curbside pickup.
  • Professional services should be conducted virtually or by telephone.
  • All campgrounds will be closed except for those who use recreational vehicles or cabins as their primary residence. State parks remain open to daily visitors.
  • Hoosiers are reminded that all public and private gatherings of any kind that include more than 10 people are prohibited.
  • All employers, regardless of type, must continue to comply with the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) standards and safety and health standards established and enforced by IOSHA. IOSHA is actively accepting and investigating complaints of violations. The complaint process may be accessed at https://www.in.gov/dol/
  • In addition to IOSHA investigations, Gov. Holcomb has directed the creation of a multi-agency enforcement response team, led by the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to respond to and investigate other violations of the new order. Much like the enforcement of the restaurant, bar and nightclub executive order, this team will be charged with helping business owners comply with the order before issuing a directive to close a business.
  • Hoosiers are reminded that all public and private gatherings of any kind that include more than 10 people are prohibited.

Indiana’s coronavirus caseload climbed to 4,944 on Monday, with 536 new cases. A total of 139 Hoosiers have died of the virus as of Monday.

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