INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb has announced Indiana will enter Stage 3 of its Back on Track plan Friday, two days before schedule.
Holcomb will sign an executive order Thursday that will not only bring the state into its next phase, but extend prohibition on turning off utilities and filing mortgage foreclosures, as well as extend the deadline to renew driver licenses and vehicle registrations.
Under Stage 3, gyms and community pools can reopen. Social gatherings of up to 100 people will also be allowed. Below is a list of every change:
Friday, May 22
- Social gatherings of up to 100 people allowed: People must follow CDC guidelines. This applies to wedding receptions, parties and other events where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time.
- Restaurants remain at 50% capacity
- Retail stores and malls open at 75% capacity: Common areas like food courts and sitting areas are still limited to 50% capacity
- Gyms can open with restrictions: Class sizes and equipment must be spaced to accommodate social distancing. Equipment must be cleaned after each use, and employees are required to wear face coverings.
- Community pools: The governor said guidance will be online once the executive order is signed.
- Campgrounds and state park inns: Social distancing limitations and sanitation precautions must be taken
- Recreational sports practices can begin: Non-recreational sports practices, like school teams, cannot begin at this time.
- Courts, fields or playgrounds can open: Social distancing guidelines must still be enforced
- Raceways can begin competition with no spectators
Monday, June 1
- Youth summer day camps can begin June 1
Holcomb said guidelines for all groups will be announced on Indiana's Back on Track website Thursday.
The governor and Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said data has shown the state should move to Stage 3, but the exact date for Stage 4 could change as more information comes in.
"We're going to learn a lot in Stage 3," Holcomb said. "We've put June 14 out there, but we don't know until we go through Stage 3."