PRINCETON — Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered residents to remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety.

The order is in effect Tuesday at 10:59 p.m. Central Time through Monday, April 6, but could be extended if the outbreak warrants it.

The mandatory statewide order excludes essential business or those performing an essential activity.

According to the governor’s office, Indiana State Police will work with local law enforcement to enforce the order. Indiana State Department of Health and the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission will enforce restaurant and bar restrictions.

While the Indiana National Guard has been activated to aid in planning, preparation and logistics with other state agencies, it is not part of the enforcement of the 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.

A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at

Essential activities include but are not limited to activities for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and to take care of others. A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at

The governor’s office says law enforcement will not be stopping drivers on their way to and from work, traveling for an essential activity such as going to the grocery store, or just taking a walk.

Restaurants and bars can continue to provide takeout and delivery, but should be closed to dine-in patrons. Delivery of packages, groceries delivered and meals is not prohibited.

The state asks residents who 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 to stay home and call healthcare providers. 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.

Nonessential medical care such as eye exams and teeth-cleaning should be postponed. When possible, health care visits should be done remotely. Contact health care providers to see what telehealth services they provide.

State-operated 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.

The order says residents must stay home unless their 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

Essential businesses will remain open during the stay-at-home order.

Other details:

• 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

• Public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis should only be used for essential travel.

• Roads will remain open. Only travel if it is for your health or essential work. Planes and other types of transportation should be used for essential travel.

• If it is not safe for you to remain home, reach out so someone can help. Call the domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or local law enforcement.

• State agencies are partnering with community organizations to ensure the homeless population has safe shelter.

• Remain at home, although you may visit family members who need medical or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate food supply.

• You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Practice social distancing, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets.

• State parks remain open, but welcome centers, inns, and other buildings are closed. Families 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.

• Large gatherings, including church services, are canceled to slow the spread of COVID-19. Religious leaders are encouraged to continue livestreaming services while practicing social distancing with one another.

• Outdoor exercise such as running or taking a walk is acceptable. Gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed. While exercising outside, you still should practice social distancing by running or walking at least 6 feet away from other people.

• Hair salons, spas, nail salons, tattoo parlors or barber shops are ordered closed.

• Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers and day cares are considered essential businesses.

• Schools that provide free food services to students will continue on a pickup and take-home basis.


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