Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Holcomb holds at Stage 4.5 for two more weeks

Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020

Gov. Eric Holcomb put Indiana in park Wednesday saying the state will stay in Stage 4.5 for at least two more weeks. Most of the state was set to go to Stage 5 – essentially lifting all restrictions as of Saturday. But rising COVID-19 cases and testing concerns halted that plan.

“We’re living on the edge here day-in and day-out,” Holcomb said, calling the environment in the state and nationally volatile.

This means, for instance, that restaurant capacity remains at 75% and bars and other entertainment venues at 50%. Gatherings of more than 250 must have approval from the local health department.

When asked whether the state will mandate the wearing of masks, Governor Holcomb said he and his team continue to leave it as a local decision.

“We’re not looking at the one size fits all approach right. I won’t rule it out long term,” said Holcomb. “We’re in a state where the numbers could be very different county by county and region by region, so we’re comfortable where we are right now.”