INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Gov. Eric Holcomb issued an executive order Monday telling Hoosiers to stay home as the state deals with the growing coronavirus pandemic.
During his speech to Hoosiers Monday, the governor said travel would be permissible for essential errands and businesses.
So, what constitutes an essential business?
According to the governor’s executive order, essential businesses and operations include:
- Essential government operations
- Healthcare and public health operations
- Human services operations
- Essential infrastructure
- Public safety
- Stores that sell groceries and medicine
- Food, beverage and agriculture
- Organizations that provide charitable and social services
- Religious entities
- Media entities
- Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation
- Financial and insurance institutions (banks, credit unions, etc.)
- Hardware and supply stores
- Critical trades (electricians, construction, etc.)
- Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pickup services
- Educational institutions
- Laundry services
- Restaurants (carryout, drive-thru and delivery only)
- Supplies to work from home
- Supplies for essential business and operations
- Transportation (includes airlines, taxis, ride share companies)
- Home-based care and services
- Residential facilities and shelters
- Professional services (legal services, accounting, etc.)
- Manufacturing, distribution and supply chain for critical products and industries
- Critical labor union functions
- Hotels and motels
- Funeral services
People will still be allowed to go to the grocery store to buy food and other essentials. They’ll also be allowed to visit restaurants or bars in order to get carryout/drive-thru food; those businesses can continue to offer food delivery services.
The state will open a hotline to answer industry questions about the governor’s executive order. The Critical Industries Hotline will open Tuesday, March 24, at 9 a.m. to help guide businesses and industries with the executive order. The hotline is intended only for business and industry questions. The number is 877-820-0890. There is also an email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to guidance from the state, Hoosiers whose jobs are considered nonessential should stay home. If your employer designates you as an essential employee, then you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing.
Hair salons, spas, nail salons, tattoo parlors and barbershops are not considered essential services and have been ordered to close.
Day cares, on the other hand, are considered essential businesses and will remain open, according to the governor’s order.
What constitutes essential travel?
- Any travel related to essential activities, essential governmental functions, essential businesses and operations or minimum basic operations
- Travel to care for the elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities or vulnerable persons
- Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals and any other related services
- Travel in order to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction
- Travel required by law enforcement or court order, including to transport children pursuant to a custody agreement
- Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside of the State of Indiana; however, individuals are strongly encouraged to verify that their transportation out of Indiana remains available and functional prior to commencing such travel
And here are some additional questions and answers from the state’s FAQ:
Will the grocery store/pharmacy be open?
Yes, grocery stores and pharmacies are essential services.
Can I still order take out/delivery from restaurants and bars?
Yes, restaurants and bars can continue to provide takeout and delivery, but should be closed to dine-in patrons.
Can I get my groceries delivered? Can I still get my online orders delivered?
Yes, you can still receive packages, get groceries delivered, and get meals delivered.
How can I get medical care?
If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.
If you suspected you have COVID-19, please call the healthcare provider in advance so that proper precautions can be taken to limit further transmission. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.
If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately, but please call in advance if possible. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.
Nonessential medical care such as eye exams and teeth-cleaning should be postponed. When possible, health care visits should be done remotely. Contact your health care provider to see what telehealth services they provide.
What is the guidance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?
State-operated developmental centers, intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities and community integrated living arrangements will continue to provide care. All in-home direct care staff are considered essential staff and should continue to support individuals in the home setting.
If you have specific questions about your support and services, reach out to your provider or individual service coordination agency.
What if I still have to go to work?
You should stay home unless your work is an essential function such as a health care provider, grocery store clerk or first responder. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing.
A list of essential businesses can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.
What if I think my business should be closed, but they’re still asking me to report to work?
Essential businesses will remain open during the stay-at-home order to provide services that are vital to the lives of Hoosiers. If you believe your business is nonessential but still are being asked to show up to work, you may discuss it with your employer.
A certain service is essential for me, but the governor didn’t include it. What do I do?
The stay-at-home order was issued to protect the health, safety and well-being of Hoosiers. Although some businesses such as fitness centers and salons will be closed, essential services will always be available. For a list of essential businesses that will continue to operate during the order, visit in.gov/coronavirus.
Will public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis continue?
Public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis should only be used for essential travel.
Will roads in Indiana be closed?
No, the roads will remain open. You should only travel if it is for your health or essential work.
Can I still take a plane out of Indiana?
Planes and other types of transportation should be used for essential travel.
What if my home is not a safe environment?
If it is not safe for you to remain home, you are able and encouraged to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so someone can help. You can call the domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or your local law enforcement.
What about homeless people who cannot stay at home?
The administration wants to protect the health and safety of all Hoosiers, regardless of where they live. State agencies are partnering with community organizations to ensure the homeless population has safe shelter.
Can I visit friends and family?
For your safety, as well as the safety of all Hoosiers, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19. You may visit family members who need medical or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate food supply.
Can I walk my dog or go to the veterinarian?
You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets.
Can I take my kids to the park?
State parks remain open, but welcome centers, inns, and other buildings are closed. Families will be able to go outside and take a walk, run or bike ride, but they should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing spreading the virus.
Can I attend a religious service?
Large gatherings, including church services, will be canceled to slow the spread of COVID-19. Religious leaders are encouraged to continue livestreaming services while practicing social distancing with one another.
Can I leave my home to exercise?
Outdoor exercise such as running or taking a walk is acceptable. However, gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. While exercising outside, you still should practice social distancing by running or walking at least 6 feet away from other people.
Can I go to the hair salon, spa, nail salon, tattoo parlor or barber shop?
No, these businesses are ordered closed.
Can I leave my home to do laundry?
Yes. Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses.
Can I take my child to daycare?
Yes, daycares are considered an essential business.
Can I pick up meals at my child’s school?
Yes. Schools that provide free food services to students will continue on a pickup and take-home basis.