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5 Indiana Counties Requiring Masks; City of Fishers Implements New Mask Requirement
While Governor Holcomb has not issued a statewide mask mandate, several counties have issued such mandates. Marion, Elkhart, LaGrange, Monroe and St. Joseph counties, along with Evansville and West Lafayette currently require masks to be worn in public. Fishers is now the latest city to be added to this list with their mask mandate beginning Friday, July 24. Below you will find the details on the requirements for each county.
Marion County's order applies to anyone over the age of two who is in an indoor space other than the home or in a situation where social distancing is not possible. There are some exceptions, which include people experiencing homelessness, those who have a medical reason for not wearing a mask, people who are hearing impaired, anyone seated at a restaurant or bar and people who are incarcerated.
Penalty for not wearing a mask: A fine of up to $1,000.
Elkhart County's mandate says people over the age of two who do not have a physical disability that prevents them from wearing a mask must wear a face covering in an indoor area that is open to the public, including public transportation; outdoors where social distancing is not possible; and in private indoor and outdoor areas where people can't keep six feet of distance from each other.
Penalty for not wearing a mask: None, but businesses are permitted to refuse service to anyone not wearing a face covering. The order says people should keep their distance from anyone not wearing a mask and "assume they have a valid reason for not wearing one."
The county health department ordered people to wear masks due to a spike in cases in the weeks following Memorial Day weekend, according to the Associated Press. Masks be worn in public indoor places, including on public transportation or van transports, in outdoor public places where keeping six feet of between people is not possible and in private indoor or outdoor areas where social distancing cannot be maintained.
Penalty for not wearing a mask: LaGrange County Health Department administrator Dr. Alfredo Garcia said there currently is no penalty in place.
People must wear a face covering in an indoor place that is not their home or the home of an immediate family member. Masks are also not required outdoors where it's possible to keep at least six feet of distance from others. Exceptions include children who are two years old or younger, people who are hearing or speaking impaired, those with a documented medical reason and people eating or drinking at a restaurant or bar. Businesses are required to make sure customers comply with the order.
Penalty for not wearing a mask: Businesses and public accommodations that do not enforce the order can face penalties up to and including closure.
St. Joseph County
The order requires facing coverings for people inside businesses and enclosed public spaces where six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. Exceptions are in place for people who have respiratory conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease, severe anxiety, autism, cerebral palsy and for children who are two years of age or younger. Businesses are also required to have alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol available at entrances and high-touch areas.
Penalty for not wearing a mask: County officials are considering fines against businesses that violate the order
People at least six years old are required to wear a face mask in all indoor areas that are open to the public, including public transportation, schools and in outdoor spaces where people can't keep at least six feet of separation. Exceptions are in place for people with health conditions, those who are hearing impaired, people who are eating or drinking at a restaurant or bar, anyone who is smoking or vaping while social distancing, and inside facilities owned or operated by the federal and state government.
Penalty for not wearing a mask: A business can deny service to customers not wearing masks.
People must wear a mask or face covering in a place of business, at a building operated by the city, on public transportation, in taxis and ride-sharing vehicles, at workplaces in high-density settings, such as manufacturing, construction and agriculture, and in any outdoor space where social distancing is not possible.
Penalty for not wearing a mask: $100 fine for a first offense, $250 fine for each subsequent offense.
Requires that masks be worn over the nose and mouth “when in an indoor place other than a private residence or when outdoors in a situation where a distance of six feet from individuals outside of their household cannot be maintained. Public indoor locations that refuse to enforce the mask mandate may be subject to “enforcement actions” by the Fishers Health Department.
Governor Announces Modifications to State’s Back on Track Plan, Stage 4.5
Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced the majority of the state will remain in Stage 4.5 of the Back On Track Indiana plan through at least July 31.
Elkhart County will remain in Stage 4 as it has for the last two weeks. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.
“As we actively track our health indicators and monitor the data, we continue to see the need to maintain our current levels found on Indiana’s Back On Track roadmap,” Gov. Holcomb said. “By exercising caution, good hygiene, wearing masks and engaging in proper physical distancing, we can all help slow the spread of COVID-19 so when prudent, we can further reopen our state for business.”
Gov. Holcomb has used data to drive decisions since the state’s first case of the novel coronavirus in early March and he continues to do so as the state continues a sector-by-sector reset. The state will continue to monitor and respond to these four guiding principles:
- The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days
- The state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators
- The state retains its ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic as well as health care workers, first responders, and frontline employees
- Health officials have systems in place to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and expand contact tracing
Through at least July 31, the following restrictions will continue:
- Social gatherings following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines will be limited to up to 250 people. This limit applies to wedding receptions, parties, and other events where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time, particularly indoors.
- Dining room food service may continue operations at up to 75 percent capacity as long as social distancing is observed. Bar seating in restaurants may continue operations at 50 percent capacity. Bars and nightclubs may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity as long as they adhere to social distancing guidelines.
- Cultural, entertainment and tourism sites may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.
- Movie theaters, bowling alleys and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.
- Amusement parks, water parks and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity. Reservations are encouraged to limit the number of customers at any one time.
- Raceways may continue operations open at 50 percent grandstand capacity.
The state has updated its requirements for events that are permitted according to Stage 4.5. Events that expect more than 250 attendees are now required to submit a safety plan to their local health department for approval prior to opening. This is effective July 23.
Other social gatherings and meetings remain limited to no more than 250 people.
To learn more about the different stages and the associated dates to get a better understanding about where we’re going as a state, click here to see the full plan: BackOnTrack.in.gov
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