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March 23, 2020 1:25pm

(UPDATED) Indiana Governor issues “Stay-at-home” order

Update: Governor Holcomb extended and expanded this order on April 6, 2020. 

This afternoon, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued a “stay-at-home” order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order will still allow individuals to leave their homes for necessities and also permits essential businesses to continue operating.

The order takes effect at midnight Tuesday and will remain in place at least until April 6.

Essential Businesses and Services

Under the Governor’s order, essential businesses and services “include but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup, public transit, and public service hotlines such as SNAP and HIP 2.0.”

Governor Holcomb’s executive order refers to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response to define what is covered as an essential business. Please click here to read this document.

Business and Industry Hotline

Indiana will open a call center to field industry questions about Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-08, which provides for essential and non-essential business operations, infrastructure and government functions while the state observes a stay-at-home order from March 25-April 7.

The Critical Industries Hotline will be open Tuesday at 9 a.m. to help guide businesses and industries with the executive order.

This center, reachable by calling 877-820-0890 or by emailing covidresponse@iedc.in.gov, is for business and industry questions only.


The Governor’s office released a FAQ on the order, which can be accessed here.

More Executive Orders

In total, Governor Holcomb issued four executive orders today. Summaries from the Governor’s website are provided below.

  • EO 20-09. Continuity of State Operations. Provides for the continuing operation of state government from 5 p.m. today through 8 a.m. April 7 with restricted access to government buildings and services.
  • EO 20-10. Enforcement Directive Regarding Prohibition of In-Person Dining.
    • Directs that state and local boards of health and the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) take all available administrative and enforcement actions against establishments that continue to offer in-house dining services, in violation of the governor’s executive order of March 16.
      • Health departments will deliver letters ordering restaurants that continue to provide in-person dining to cease such operations. If they do not comply, fines will be levied.
      • For restaurants with alcohol permits that continue to offer in-person dining, the ATC will issue an order in writing for the establishment to cease such operations. If the activity continues, the ATC will suspend the entity’s liquor license and will consider the non-compliance at the time of permit renewal.
  • EO 20-11. Provisions for carryout consumption of alcohol.
    • Relaxes the sale of carryout alcoholic beverages for dining establishments. This includes establishments that allow for on-premises consumption only and those that are permitted carryout permits dependent on a percentage of on-premises sales.

Read more about the steps Indiana is taking to address to the Coronavirus pandemic here.