Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb ordered Monday afternoon that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for other essential activities in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. The governor said the order is in effect from March 25 to April 7.
Here are a few things to note from Holcomb’s address:
- All state government offices will be closed to in-person public activity beginning March 24 until at least April 7. This includes the Government Center complex in Indianapolis and other office such as the Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches. State employees will work remotely whenever possible and continue to provide core functions online and by phone, and all public safety functions will continue.
- Those closures mean an automatic extension of all state-issues licenses. Law enforcement is advised to refrain issuing citations for expired driver’s licenses or registrations during this emergency.
- The closures don’t pertain to “essential services” including professional services such as accounting, insurance and real estate services (including appraisal and title services); as well as grocery stores and pharmacies; hospitals, doctor offices and healthcare facilities; and gas stations, police/fire stations, garbage pickup, public transit and public service hotlines.
- The state has activated a comprehensive emergency operations center to maximize hospital capacity and provide joint coordination with all hospital systems in Marion County. An inventory of all hospital beds, supplies and personnel will be tracked as the number of COVID-19 patients grows.
As of the morning of March 23, there have been 259 positive cases and seven deaths reported in Indiana.
Governor Holcomb signed four executive orders Monday, which also include provisions for restaurants that are violating a March 16 executive order to only offer delivery or take-out services.
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