Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb provided an update on the COVID-19 response. He said people are viewing Stage 5 as a reason to act like there is no pandemic. Holcomb stated in a recent press conference, “Unfortunately too many of us have let our guard down. ”
The governor said things are now reaching critical points, including hospitalized patients, new COVID patients being hospitalized, the 7-day positivity rate is more than 10 percent, and hospital staff shortages and illness. Read on to see the new restrictions that will take effect at midnight on November 15.
Here is a snapshot of some of the changes:
- Bars and entertainment venues capped at 25% indoor capacity; outdoor capacity will be allowed at 100% capacity.
- Restaurants are limited to 50% indoor capacity; outdoor capacity will be allowed at 100% capacity.
- Buffets, salad bars, and karaoke are banned.
- The table size at restaurants is capped at six.
- Concerts, movies, fairs, festivals, weddings, wedding receptions, and sporting events are ordinarily capped at 25% capacity; they may include more than 50 people if the event has an approved safety plan from the Marion County Health Department. This is a reduction from the current 250-person limit.
- Religious services are limited to 75% indoor capacity.
- Libraries, funeral homes, swimming pools, food courts reduced to 50% indoor capacity
- Cultural venues such as museums are limited to 25% capacity.
- Gyms, fitness studios, and locker rooms are limited to 25% indoor capacity.
“The new statewide surge shows no sign of stopping,” Hogsett said.
Today, Indiana has 5,156 new COVID-19 cases, setting another record of cases in one day!