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April 7, 2020 5:52pm

Indiana updates and expands Stay-at-home order

Yesterday, Governor Eric Holcomb issued an update to a statewide stay-at-home order from last month. The order extends the stay-at-home provisions of an order from March 23rd, which allowed for individuals to leave their homes for necessities and permitted essential businesses to continue operating, The new order extends these provisions through April 20, but adds new restrictions as well.

  • Retail businesses that provide necessary supplies must follow new guidelines:
    • They must limit the number of customers in their facility at any given time to ensure customers remain at least six feet apart as required by the CDC’s required social distancing guidelines.
    • They must limit hours of operation and should consider implementing separate operating hours for the elderly and vulnerable customers.
    • They must comply with social distancing and sanitation of applicable areas and other mitigation measures to protect employees and the public.
  • Retail businesses that do not provide necessary supplies must follow new guidelines as well:
    • Sales must be restricted to online or call-in ordering with delivery or curbside pickup.
    • Businesses must comply with social distancing and sanitation of applicable areas and other mitigation measures to protect its employees and the public.
    • A FAQ about the order clarifies that the order does not permit businesses that were ordered closed by the previous order to reopen.

The Governor outlined new enforcement mechanisms as follows:

  • The Indiana State Department of Health and the Enforcement Response Team created by the executive order can take action against businesses.
  • First, a verbal warning will be given. If the business fails to comply with the verbal warning, the Indiana State Department of Health may issue a cease and desist letter.
  • If the business continues to operate, the Indiana State Department of Health can order the business to close. The business will be reported to the Secretary of State and to any relevant licensing, permitting, or certifying board, commission or other entity, and the business could lose its operating license or permit.
  • Additionally, if an order to close a business is issued, a local prosecuting attorney may file charges for violating the executive order issued under Indiana’s Emergency Disaster Law.

As with the previous executive order, employees DO NOT need written authorization from their employer as they travel to and from work. The state also continues to operate its Critical Industries Hotline at 877-820-0890 or email covidresponse@iedc.in.gov.

Read a full FAQ on the order provided by the Governor’s office.