Order begins on Wednesday
INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday ordered Indiana residents to remain at home for two weeks starting Wednesday, except for workers in essential industries or needed trips for groceries and medicine, to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Holcomb's order, which mirrors orders in adjacent states, begins at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday and ends on April 6 at 11:59 p.m. but he said it could be extended if needed for the state's 6.8 million residents.
Holcomb said the next two weeks "are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19," the disease caused by the coronavirus.
"Get groceries only when you need them and only buy what you need. I'm telling you the next two weeks are critical ... if we're going to slow the spread," the governor said in a televised address from his Statehouse office.
His order directs residents to stay at home unless their job is an essential function, such as a health care provider, grocery store clerk, police, fire and other first responders, or those working in garbage collection, public transit, and key state services.
The governor's office said residents who are asked to report to work during the two-week period but who believe that business is not essential should discuss that with their employer.
Holcomb said he issued his stay-at-home order to ensure the state's health care system "is able to treat the most vulnerable."
He also ordered all state government offices closed to the public starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and said all state-issued driver's licenses and vehicle registrations will be automatically extended during his order.
State government will be reduced to an essential workforce, including hospitals, police, prison staff, child protective services, public health and the state National Guard, he said.
State workers will continue performing "core functions" such as processing unemployment claims and welfare applications though call centers and online, he said.
Indiana has reported seven deaths and 259 virus infections. The most recent death was an adult over the age of 60 in Allen County, the Indiana State Department of Health said.
For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover.
The governors of Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and other states have also issued stay-at-home orders due to the pandemic.
Holcomb, a Republican, has delayed Indiana's May 5 primary election until June 2, ordered all schools to remain closed until at least May 1, banned public gatherings of more than 50 people and directed restaurants to close to all but pickup and carryout business.
He said Monday that some "bad apples" had remained open to dine-in customers, and issued a separate order instructing Indiana's Alcohol Tobacco Commission to suspend the food and beverage licenses of any eatery violating his carryout directive.
Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, an Anderson Democrat, said he welcomed the Holcomb's actions and implored everyone to follow the order.
"The more we limit our movement and contact now, as difficult as it can be, the higher chance we have of stopping this virus before even more lives are affected," he said in a statement.
Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston, a Fisher Republican, said the order is necessary to protect the state's most vulnerable and "to get employees and businesses back to work as soon as possible."
Excerpt from Indiana Executive Order 20-18
For the purposes of this Executive Order, the phrase “Essential Businesses and Operations” means Healthcare and Public Health Operations, Human Services Operations, Essential Governmental Functions, and Essential Infrastructure, as well as the following:
On March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”), issued a Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response. The definition of Essential Businesses and Operations in this Executive Order includes all of the workers identified in that Memorandum, which may be found or accessed at the following link: https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA-Guidance-on-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers-1-20-508c.pdf.
Stores That Sell Groceries and Medicine
Grocery stores, pharmacies, certified farmer’s markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of groceries, canned food, dry goods, frozen foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supplies, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, prepared food, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products), and specifically includes their supply chain and administrative support operations. This includes stores that sell groceries, medicine (including medication not requiring a medical prescription), and also that sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and Essential Businesses and Operations.
Food, Beverage, and Agriculture
Food and beverage manufacturing, production, processing, cultivation, including farming, livestock, fishing, baking, and other production agriculture, including cultivation, marketing, production, and distribution of animals and goods for consumption; and businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals, including animal shelters, rescues, shelters, kennels, and adoption facilities.
Organizations That Provide Charitable and Social Services
Businesses and religious and secular non-profit organizations, including food banks, when providing food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, individuals who need assistance as a result of this emergency, and people with disabilities.
Religious facilities, entities and groups, and religious gatherings, provided they adhere to the CDC’s guidance on social gatherings.
Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services.
Gas Stations and Businesses Needed for Transportation
Gas stations and auto supply, auto repair, farm equipment, construction equipment, boat repair, and related facilities, and bicycle shops and related facilities.
Financial and Insurance Institutions
Banks, currency exchanges, consumer lenders, including, but not limited to, credit unions, pawnbrokers, consumer installment lenders and sales finance lenders, title companies, appraisers, financial markets, trading and futures exchanges, payday lenders, affiliates of financial institutions, entities that issue bonds, related financial institutions, and institutions selling financial products. Also, insurance companies, underwriters, agents, brokers, and related insurance claims and agency services.
Hardware and Supply Stores
Hardware stores and businesses that sell electrical, plumbing, and heating material.
Building, construction, and other trades, including, but not limited to, plumbers, electricians, exterminators, operating engineers, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations.
Mail, Post, Shipping, Logistics, Delivery, and Pick-Up Services
Post offices and other businesses that provide shipping and delivery services, as well as businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods, vehicles, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, or services to end users or through commercial channels.
Educational institutions (including public and private pre-K-12 schools, colleges, and universities) for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible.
This Executive Order is consistent with, and does not amend or supersede, any prior Executive Order regarding the closure of schools.
Laundromats, dry cleaners, industrial laundry services, as well as laundry service providers.
Restaurants for Consumption Off-Premises
Restaurants, bars, taverns, and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for consumption off-premises, through such means as in-house delivery, third-party delivery, drive-through, curbside pick-up, and carryout. The foregoing is addressed in Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-10. The in-person dining prohibition shall be enforced under and pursuant to the process described in Executive Order 20-10.
Schools and other entities that typically provide food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so under this Executive Order on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and takeaway basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site due to the virus’s propensity to physically impact surfaces and personal property. This Executive Order is consistent with, and does not amend or supersede, prior Executive Orders regarding the closure of restaurants.
Supplies to Work from Home
Businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply products needed for people to work from home.
Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations
Businesses that sell, manufacture, and/or supply other Essential Businesses and Operations with the support or materials necessary to operate, including computers, audio and video electronics, household appliances; IT and telecommunication equipment; hardware, paint, flat glass; electrical, plumbing and heating material; sanitary equipment; personal hygiene products; food, food additives, ingredients and components; medical and orthopedic equipment; optics and photography equipment; diagnostics, food and beverages, chemicals, soaps and detergent; and firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers for purposes of safety and security.
Airlines, taxis, transportation network providers (such as Uber and Lyft), vehicle rental services, paratransit, marinas, docks, boat storage, and other private, public, and commercial transportation and logistics providers necessary for the Essential Activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Executive Order.
Home-Based Care and Services
Home-based care for adults, seniors, children, and/or people with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders, and/or mental illness, including caregivers such as nannies who may travel to the child’s home to provide care, and other in-home services including meal delivery.
Residential Facilities and Shelters
Residential facilities and shelters for adults, seniors, children, pets, and/or people with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders, or mental illness.
Professional services, such as legal services, accounting services, insurance services, and real estate services (including appraisal and title services).
Manufacture, Distribution, and Supply Chain for Critical Products and Industries
Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and supplying essential products and services in and for industries, such as healthcare, pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, chemicals and sanitization, agriculture, waste pickup and disposal, food and beverage, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum, fuel, mining, construction, national defense, communications, and products used by other Essential Businesses and Operations.
Critical Labor Union Functions
Labor union essential activities, including the administration of health and welfare funds and personnel checking on the well-being and safety of members providing services in Essential Businesses and Operations, provided that these checks should be done by telephone or remotely where possible.
Hotels and Motels
Hotels and motels, to the extent they are used for lodging and delivery or carryout food services.
Funeral, mortuary, cremation, burial, cemetery, and related services.
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