Governor limits gatherings to 250, provides 20-day waiver for schools to reduce coronavirus spread

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Statement supplied by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb

This is a time when we must do all we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19, protect our most vulnerable populations and reduce their potential to acquire or spread this virus. While some actions are drastic, now, not later, is the time to act.

Today I’m initiating:

Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people.

Effective immediately, school corporations will be provided with a 20-day waiver of the required 180 instructional days for use as needed for the remainder of the academic year.

Child care and adult day care facilities should institute social distancing and minimize large gatherings.

Nursing facilities and hospitals should restrict and screen visitors. Any individual who is allowed to visit is restricted to the patient’s room.

The Indiana Department of Correction has suspended visitation at all facilities as a precaution for the health and safety of IDOC staff and offenders.

Individuals over 60 years of age or those with a known underlying health issue such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease should limit their public exposure.

Those who run senior centers and congregate meal services should consider suspending congregate meals services and arrange for home delivery.

Encourage businesses to utilize telework policies, if available.

I fully expect there will be additional actions warranted in the coming days. Just as we have since the beginning of the year, we are working with partners at all levels to secure all necessary resources for any escalation of this virus.

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