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INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced that Marion County will enter Stage 4 of Gov. Holcomb’s “Back on Track Indiana” reopening plan on Friday, June 19.

Many other parts of the state are entering this stage tomorrow, but Marion County has been on a different schedule due to unique challenges brought on by a larger population.

Marion County has the most positive cases of COVID-19 in the state at more than 10,000. The state reports more than 600 deaths in the county.

Here is what’s new for Stage 4:

  • Newly opened businesses: movie theaters, bowling alleys, cultural sites (including the zoo, museums) at 50% capacity
  • Retail stores and malls at full capacity w/ social distancing
  • Dining room service and indoor worship services at 75% capacity
  • No cap on outdoor worship services
  • Bars and nightclubs may reopen at 50% capacity; bar seating may reopen
  • Business at office buildings may resume at full capacity with accommodations for at-risk individuals
Graphic provided by Mayor Hogsett’s office

Those over 65 years old are still encouraged to stay home. Those who can work remotely from home are encouraged to continue doing so.

Mayor Hogsett said downtown businesses will display window signs urging Hoosiers to do their part in helping by wearing a face covering.

Marion County residents can request a free mask from the City here. The window signs will be distributed through chambers of commerce and merchants associations. Individual business owners can request a window cling by connecting to a Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocate here.

When asked about whether the City is expecting a surge in COVID-19 cases due to protests, Director of the Marion County Health Department Dr. Virginia Caine said, “We always have to be cautious. Anyone can come to any of our testing sites and get tested. Free testing is available for anyone that participated in protesting.”

Hogsett says they are still reviewing data and haven’t made any determinations yet on schools. Caine said they hope to have a more definitive answer by July 15.

A presentation from the City can be found below.