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New Enforcement Response Team Will Enforce Tightened Indiana Retailer Regulations

Indiana Governor Holcomb extended the stay-at-home directive through April 20, 2020, and tightened restrictions on how retailers can operate.

As part of the new executive order, retailers “providing the necessities of life,” such as grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, pharmacies, “club” stores and building supply stores, can remain open. However, the executive order urges retailers to restrict the number of customers allowed in the store at any one time, limit their hours of operation, and offer special shopping hours for the elderly and other vulnerable populations.

Any retailer that does not sell products considered to be a “necessity of life,” such as florists, bookstores, liquor stores and craft stores, can remain open, but only for online or call-in orders for delivery or curbside pickup.

A new Enforcement Response Team will be led by the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to enforce the regulations. Businesses not complying will be issued a verbal warning, followed by an order from the Indiana State Health Department to cease the unsafe practice. The Indiana State Health Department will issue an order to close the business if violations continue. If a business is ordered to close, the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office will be notified to suspend any relevant licenses and the issue will be sent to the local prosecutor’s office. Violations can be considered a class B misdemeanor and carry a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and a fine of $1,000.

Please contact the Bose McKinney & Evans Hospitality and Alcoholic Beverage Law Group with questions regarding the new restrictions or the enforcement of those restrictions.