INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett extended the current stay-at-home restrictions until Friday, May 15, and said the city has no plans to make a special exemption for places of worship to meet this weekend.
Hogsett thanked Governor Holcomb for Governor Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana plan, and for allowing local governments to have more restrictions, and said this allows cities and counties to respond to unique challenges.
“Moving forward, the State’s roadmap will serve as a foundation for Marion County’s plans and ensure that, as we continue to receive community testing information and data from healthcare providers, we are able to determine a timeline for entering into future phases of reopening for our city,” said Hogsett.
He was joined by Dr. Virginia Caine, director of the Marion County Public Health Department and other community stakeholders in the press conference to offer additional guidance for Indianapolis residents regarding local stay in place orders.
The mayor initially stated that Marion County’s current stay-at-home restrictions will remain in place until May 18, then later clarified the date as Friday, May 15.
Hogsett said state officials are convinced that May 11 would be too soon and added, “We do not intend to create a special exemption for places of worship to meet this weekend.”
The mayor explained when the time comes for reopening, Marion County intends to follow the same phasing structure of Indiana’s other counties. E said there is no precise date set right now, but businesses should start educating themselves on what the stages in Holcomb’s plan permit.
He said Indianapolis’ population density is an important factor in this fight. Hogsett said there are more people in Marion County than anywhere else in Indiana.
“While living in a large city is something we all enjoy, it means right now we must exercise caution to avoid a resurgence in infections,” he said.
Hogsett expects to provide another update next week on where the plan stands.
More from the mayor’s office:
- Marion County’s stay-at-home orders will remain in place through at least May 15
- These restrictions will apply to places of worship, delaying their reopening
- Marion County intends to adopt the Back on Track phasing when reopening begins
- IMPD will be educating residents and aggressively enforcing restrictions on large gatherings
- Local data will be analyzed through the weekend and additional guidance on the timing of future phases of reopening will be given early next week.
Current Marion County Public Health Department Orders state that all non-essential businesses are to remain closed through Friday, May 15. Businesses with essential functions are permitted to remain open and their employees are permitted to continue traveling to work. When out in public, all Marion County residents are asked to wear a face mask or covering and continue to maintain good hygiene, frequent handwashing, and proper social distancing.
Residents and affected workers impacted by COVID-19 restrictions should visit the city’s resource guide, which can be viewed at indy.gov/covid. Spanish speaking residents can view the Resource Guide here. Individuals who are unable to navigate the city’s website can call 317-327-4MAC between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to talk to a customer service representative.