Mayor says Indianapolis bars, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters to close by 8 a.m. Tuesday in response to coronavirus pandemic

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UPDATE:

On Monday, the Indianapolis City-County Council voted unanimously to extend the declaration of a local disaster emergency through April 5. Restaurants, bars and retail food facilities can remain open for the time being but are limited to take-out, delivery or drive-through service.

ORIGINAL STORY:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Marion County restaurants, bars, gyms and other venues are set to close by Tuesday morning, according to Mayor Joe Hogsett.

Hogsett issued an executive order declaring a local disaster emergency in Marion County. He also activated a watch-level travel advisory, which means only essential travel—such as to and from work, emergencies, or  travel to purchase groceries and pick-up prescriptions or food—is recommended.

In addition, Hogsett prohibited gatherings of 50 people or more and closed bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms and entertainment venues effective at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Bars and restaurants that do serve food will be prohibited from serving dine-in customers but can offer food via carryout, delivery and drive-thru.

Houses of worship are urged to limit large gatherings and explore ways to “practice their respective faiths whole observing social-distancing practices.”

The Marion County Public Health Department’s Order states that the following establishments will be temporarily closed to the public as soon as possible but no later than 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17:

  • Bars and nightclubs that do not serve food;
  • Movie theaters and entertainment venues;
  • Gyms and fitness facilities.

The following restrictions will also apply, and should be implemented as soon as possible but no later than 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17:

  • All restaurants will be prohibited from serving food to dine-in customers but may continue to prepare and offer food via carry-out, delivery, or drive-thru. Additionally, food pantries/food banks may continue to work with restaurants and kitchens as necessary for distribution of overflow food items.
  • Gatherings of more than 50 people must be cancelled or postponed, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. This does not apply to schools, universities, or businesses.
  • Houses of worship are urged to limit large gatherings on their premises and to explore and implement ways to practice their respective faiths while observing social-distancing practices.
  • Residents should adhere to the watch-level local travel advisory, minimizing travel except to and from work, in emergency situations, or to purchase groceries and pick-up prescriptions or food.

The following establishments will continue to operate as usual:

  • Grocery stores will remain open;
  • And cafeterias within hospitals, nursing homes, and similar healthcare facilities will continue operations.

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