Reopening in The Bend: What Does It Mean?

Gov. Eric Holcomb on May 1 announced Indiana’s latest steps in the fight against COVID-19 — a 5-stage plan for reopening the state while continuing to slow the virus’ spread. 

“Back on Track Indiana” outlines how the state can safely open, including the steps businesses and individuals should take as they begin to resume different activities. Stage 3 begins May 22. An overview of this stage can be found below. 

Back on Track Indiana 

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Stage 3 Guidelines 

Stage 3 runs from May 22-June 14. Although these are statewide guidelines, local restrictions can vary. St. Joseph County health officials have mandated wearing face coverings in public places where social distancing can’t be maintained. 

  • Face coverings: Recommended or required.
  • Travel restrictions: None. 
  • Social gatherings: Up to 100 people can take place while following CDC social distancing guidelines.
  • Nursing homes: Closed to visitors. 

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What’s Open 

  • Restaurants and bars that serve food remain at 50 percent capacity. 
    • Servers and kitchen staff required to wear face coverings. 
  • Retail stores and shopping malls at 75 percent capacity with social distancing.
    • Mall common areas, like food courts and sitting areas, are limited to 50 percent capacity.
  • Gyms and fitness centers, with restrictions. 
    • Limited class sizes, equipment must be cleaned after each use, employees to wear face coverings.
  • Playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts and similar facilities with social distancing guidelines in place.
  • Community pools according to CDC guidance. 
  • Movie theaters at 50 percent capacity. 
  • Shopping malls may open at 50 percent capacity, 25 percent capacity for indoor common areas.

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What’s Closed

  • Bars and nightclubs 
  • Cultural, entertainment and sports venues 
  • K-12 facilities and activities 

Remember: social distancing is still encouraged as is wearing a face covering in public places, per an order from the St. Joseph County Health Department. 

Please also keep in mind some basics for helping mitigate the spread of coronavirus. These measures can go a long way: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, preferably with your elbow.
  • Avoid handshakes.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.