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Gov. Holcomb Extends Stay At Home Order, Issues New Executive Order

While the Stay At Home order continues as is, the new executive order brings clarity to essential businesses.

(Indianpolis, Ind.) - As of yesterday, Indiana's Stay At Home Order has been extended through Friday, May 1. 


Governor Eric J. Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-22 to limit interactions among Hoosiers to increase containment of COVID-19. To date, 11,686 people have tested positive and 569 people have died from the disease in Indiana.  

As a part of this action, an extension of the order limits in-person public activity at state government offices and put restrictions on the operation of restaurants, bars and nightclubs was put in place. 

“I want to thank Hoosiers in every corner of our state who have stayed socially-distanced and hunkered down. Lives are being saved, and we’re slowing the spread,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Continuing the course at this time is essential to flattening the curve while we also prepare to safely reopen Indiana for business.”

While the Stay At Home order continues as is, the new executive order brings clarity to essential businesses.

  • As long as sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE), staff and other supplies are available for the COVID-19 response, hospitals should conduct medically necessary procedures, such as those determining cancer diagnosis and cardiac issues, respiratory procedures, and procedures to reduce significant pain or symptoms making quality of life unacceptable. 
  •  Any restrictions involving medical procedures will be evaluated every seven days for appropriate and timely modifications that could be implemented.
  • Permitted outdoor activity as described in the executive order includes yard work, gardening, planting and landscaping at residential, commercial and industrial properties and farms. 
  • Nurseries and garden centers may be open for business as long as they limit the number of customers in their facility at any given time to achieve the Centers for Disease Control’s required social distancing, limit their hours of operation and consider implementing separate operating hours for the elderly and other vulnerable customers, and comply with the social distancing, sanitation and other mitigation measure to protect its employees and the public.
  • Pet grooming at a pet salon, store or mobile unit is permitted.

The Critical Industries Hotline remains available from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to respond to business and industry questions about whether a business is considered essential.


FAQs and instructions to file for COVID-19-related unemployment are available at

Refer to this FAQ page for guidance and clarifications on the updated Stay At Home Order.

Fitness and sport

  • Community sports fixtures and training are temporarily cancelled.
  • That applies to both indoor and outdoor sports, and to both contact and non-contact sport.
  • All gyms, recreation centres, trampoline centres and play cafes will be prohibited from operating.
  • Boot camps and other outdoor fitness activities can continue.
All gyms, trampoline facilities and play cafes will be shut for the next two weeks.(ABC Riverland: Anita Butcher)Events
  • All events scheduled for the next two weeks that previously had approved COVID management plans are cancelled.
  • Funerals will be limited to 50 people.
  • There will be a maximum of one person per four square metres.
  • No change to the maximum numbers of guests at weddings.
  • But all guests will have to be registered with the CDCB, the Communicable Disease Control Branch of SA Health
Places of worship
  • Churches will be limited to a maximum of 100 worshippers.
Some places of worship took to livestreaming this year when restrictions were introduced, and they may have to again with capacity rules reintroduced.(Supplied: Adam Williams)Hairdressing and personal care
  • Mask wearing will be mandatory for staff at personal care services including hairdressers, tattooists and nail parlours
  • Customers will be "encouraged" to wear masks.
Cinemas and entertainment venues
  • Cinemas, theatres and other entertainment venues will be limited to one moviegoer per four square metres.

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