Stage 4 of Indiana’s Back on Track plan, like stage 3, will begin earlier than anticipated. Today (June 10), Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the next stage will start Friday morning, but casinos can’t open until Monday, June 15.
Under this stage of the plan, social gatherings can have up to 250 people, as long as they follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s social-distancing guidelines. Dr. Kristina Box, commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health said while the state is only recommending people in stores wear face masks, local governments and businesses can enforce their own rules.
Box added that some stores require shoes and shirts for service, they should consider doing the same when it comes to face masks.
The ISDH reported 339 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 38,337. There were 15 new deaths reported. Indiana has now seen 2,173 people die from the virus. There have also now been more than 320,000 Hoosiers tested for the novel coronavirus.
Box said the state has a plan in place to test more than 57,000 skilled workers at long-term care facilities throughout the state. Starting today and through June 22, testing kits are going to these facilities for workers to perform tests on employees and then send the tests to be processed. Starting June 23, the state will have people sent to other facilities in the state to perform tests and have them processed in person.
When stage 4 begins Friday morning, cultural and entertainment venues can open at 50% capacity. This includes tourist attractions like zoos and museums, as well as movie theatres and bowling alleys.
Dining facilities can open 75% of their restaurant seating, and bars can open to 50%. Employees who interact with customers or handle food should still wear a mask.
Retail stores and malls can open to full capacity. Playgrounds can open, but festivals, fairs, parades, and carnivals are still not allowed, according to Holcomb.
Box advised parents to not let their children eat while at a playground or to make sure they use hand sanitizer before eating. She strongly suggested parents have their children wash their hands and possibly change clothes after they are done playing on public playgrounds.
Hoosiers who are 65 and older or are at higher risk of catching COVID-19 are being asked to limit their exposure to the public.