Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said state parks would close.
INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb announced during a press conference on Monday, April 6, that all Indiana campgrounds are ordered to close in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Holcomb signed an executive order on Monday that addresses several topics, including the closure of state parks; the stay-at-home order extension, which is in effect until 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 20; and regulations that essential businesses must follow to maintain social distancing.
In regards to the closing of campgrounds, those residing in RVs or cabins who do not have any other viable place of residence may remain at the campground they are at.
Prohibited activities listed in the executive order include any public and private gatherings of 10 or more people; all places of public amusement, including playgrounds, bowling alleys and movie theaters are ordered to close.
Retail businesses such as grocery stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, etc., must follow the listed conditions and restrictions:
- The number of customers in the facility should be limited to achieve the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s required social distancing;
- Hours of operation should be limited and consider implementing separate operating hours for the elderly and other vulnerable customers; and
- Comply with social distancing and sanitation of applicable areas and other mitigation measures to protect employees and the public.
Restaurants and bars must continue not offering in-house dining services. Carryout and curbside pick-up is still allowed.
The stay-at-home order asks that Hoosiers stay in their homes except when they are at work for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety.
The first positive case of COVID-19 in Indiana was reported on March 6. As of this morning, April 6, the number of tests completed in Indiana is 26,191; the number of positive cases is 4,944 and 139 deaths have been reported.