Updated: On April 6, 2020, Indiana Governor Holcomb issued a “Continued Directive for Hoosiers to Stay at Home; Extension of Continuity of Operations of Government; And Extension of Executive Orders Pertaining to Restaurants and Alcoholic Beverages.”
On Monday, March 23, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-08 (“Stay at Home”) in direct response to the increasing infection and death rate of COVID-19 across Indiana. This Stay at Home order is effective Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 pm EST and ends on Monday, April 6, 2020 and could be extended if the circumstances warrant.
This Stay at Home order is mandatory for nearly all 6.5 million Hoosiers across the state unless working for an essential business or doing an essential activity. Generally speaking, essential businesses include but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup, public transit, and public service hotlines such as SNAP and HIP 2.0. Essential activities include but are not limited to activities for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and to take care of others.
Governor Holcomb issued an additional three executive orders aimed at reducing the infection and death rate from the COVID-19 pandemic throughout Indiana. First, EO 20-09 provides for the continuing operation of state government from 5 p.m. March 23 through 8 a.m. April 7 with restricted access to government buildings and services. Second, EO 20-10 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. Third, EO 20-11 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.
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