NewsHealth / March 23, 2020

Gov. Holcomb Issues Stay At Home Order, Closes State Offices To In-Person Public Activity

Gov. Holcomb Issues Stay At Home Order, Closes State Offices To In-Person Public Activity

Gov. Eric Holcomb during a statewide address Monday, March 23, 2020.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb delivered a statewide address Monday to announce an executive order requiring Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities -- like taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7.

READ MORE: Complete text of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s address

READ MORE: Stay-At-Home Order FAQ

In addition to the stay at home order, all state government offices will be closed to in-person public activity until at least April 7. This includes the Government Center complex in Indianapolis and other offices throughout the state, including Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches. Holcomb says state employees will work remotely whenever possible and continue to provide core functions online and by phone. All public safety functions will continue.

Holcomb also ordered an automatic extension of all state-issued licenses, and is advising law enforcement to refrain from issuing citations for a driver’s license or registration that expires during this emergency.

The state, in conjunction with the city and all hospital systems in Marion County, has activated a comprehensive emergency operations center to maximize hospital capacity and provide joint coordination. The center is charged with tracking the inventory of all hospital beds, supplies and personnel as the number of COVID-19 patients grows.

In all, the governor issued four executive orders Monday:

Stay at Home

  • Provides for essential and non-essential business and operations, infrastructure, government services, travel, and activities outside of one’s home. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the stay-at-home order.  

Continuity of State Operations

  • Provides for the continuing operation of state government from 5 p.m. today through 8 a.m. April 7 with restricted access to government buildings and services.

Enforcement Directive Regarding Prohibition of In-Person Dining

  • Directs that state and local boards of health and the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) take all available administrative and enforcement actions against establishments that continue to offer in-house dining services, in violation of the governor’s executive order of March 16.
  • Health departments will deliver letters ordering restaurants that continue to provide in-person dining to cease such operations. If they do not comply, fines will be levied.
  • For restaurants with alcohol permits that continue to offer in-person dining, the ATC will issue an order in writing for the establishment to cease such operations. If the activity continues, the ATC will suspend the entity’s liquor license and will consider the non-compliance at the time of permit renewal.

Provisions for carryout consumption of alcohol

  • Relaxes the sale of carryout alcoholic beverages for dining establishments. This includes establishments that allow for on-premises consumption only and those that are permitted carryout permits dependent on a percentage of on-premises sales.

Watch Gov. Eric Holcomb's Address To The State

 

More information may be found at the ISDH website at in.gov/coronavirus/ and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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