Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett gave directions Monday on further restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Hogsett issued an executive order declaring a local disaster emergency and announced all bars and nightclubs that don't sell food, entertainment venues, gyms and movie theaters in Marion County will closed for at least seven days. Businesses, including bars, that sell food will still be allowed to serve carry out, delivery and drive through. Grocery and drug stores will also stay open.
The orders are led by advice from the Marion County Health Department. In an email statement, Director Virginia Caine says the measures are needed.
“It is imperative that we work together as a community to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our neighbors safe," says Caine.
In an email statement Hogsett says support for those impacted will be essential.
“I urge our partners at the state and federal level to continue to move swiftly to enact unemployment policies and small-business-assistance programs that can provide immediate assistance to Indianapolis residents," says Hogsett.
The announcement includes a limit on public gatherings of 50 people or more, as recommended by the CDC. Indianapolis also launched a tool on its website to help residents connect with needed resources.
These restrictions should be in place no later than Tuesday morning. Hogsett will seek council approval to extend the order through April 5.