Updated April 30 at 4 p.m.
The "Stay-at-Home" order for Marion County is being extended to May 15.
The announcement was made Thursday morning by Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Dr. Virginia Caine of the Marion County Public Health Department.
“It’s clear from talking to state leaders and community stakeholders that the challenges we face here in Indianapolis are unique – a city filled with large venues, densely populated neighborhoods, and active business centers. To ensure that we see continued progress in our fight against this virus, we must recommit to our social distancing efforts even as we plan for the future,” said Mayor Hogsett. “I appreciate Gov. Holcomb’s partnership as he and his team continue to address the diverse needs of Hoosier communities.”
Current state and local orders are set to expire on May 1. Gov. Holcomb and state officials plan to provide guidance later this week on future statewide restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marion County has the most cases of COVID-19 in the state, more than 5,500 and the highest number of deaths, more than 320. Hogsett says he is listening to the advice of experts.
"And that message has been loud and clear -- we are not in the clear yet," says Hogsett.
The Marion County Public Health Department will issue an order subsequent to the new statewide order that will continue current restrictions on all non-essential businesses through Friday, May 15.
The announcement comes ahead of Simon Malls planned reopening of malls.
Indianapolis Chief of Staff Thomas Cooks says those plans are in violation.
"Not allowable under our current orders," says Cook, "and will very likely won’t be allowable under our future local orders."
The city will maintain restrictions to the greatest extent after Friday’s statewide announcement.
Restaurants may continue to offer carry-out or delivery services. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential businesses will remain open, as well as community service providers addressing the needs of the city's most vulnerable residents. When out in public, all Marion County residents are asked to wear a face mask or covering.
The new guidance includes plans to reopen golf courses and farmers’ markets. Beginning May 2, area golf courses will be allowed to reopen, provided operators ensure proper social distancing among golfers and strict sanitation practices are implemented, as outlined by the health department.
Farmers’ markets will also be allowed to open beginning May 2.