Reopening in The Bend: What Does It Mean?
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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 4.5, a holding pattern, is in effect at least until Sept. 25.

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Back on Track Indiana 

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Stage 4.5 Guidelines – In Effect Until at Least Sept. 25

  • Face coverings: Required statewide 
  • Travel restrictions: None. 
  • Social gatherings: Events of up to 250 people can take place while following CDC social distancing guidelines.

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What’s Open

  • Retail stores and malls at full capacity with social distancing in place.
  • Restaurant dining rooms at 75 percent capacity. 
    • Bar seating in restaurants at 50 percent capacity. 
  • Bars and nightclubs at 50 percent capacity with social distancing in place. 
  • Casinos with capacity limits and social distancing in place.
  • Cultural, entertainment and tourism sites (capacity 50 percent). 
    • This includes museums, zoos, etc. 
  • Movie theaters, bowling alleys and similar facilities at 50 percent capacity with social distancing in place.
  • Amusement parks, water parks and the like at 50 percent capacity. 
    • Reservations required to limit customers at any one time. 
  • Playgrounds.
  • Fairs, festivals and other similar outdoor events with restrictions.

Stage 5 Guidelines (in effect TBD)

  • Face coverings: Required in St. Joseph County.
  • Travel restrictions: None. 
  • Social gatherings: Events more than 250 people can take place while following CDC social distancing guidelines.

What’s Open

  • Restaurants, bars and nightclubs at full capacity. 
  • Personal services at full capacity. 
  • Gyms and fitness centers at full capacity. 
  • Conventions at full capacity. 
  • Amusements parks, water parks and the like at full capacity with social distancing in place. 
  • Cultural, entertainment and tourism sites at full capacity. 
    • This includes museums, zoos etc. 
  • Raceway events at full capacity. 

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Coronavirus-Related Reminders

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. 

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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.