The Indiana Back on Track plan will now be in “Stage 4.5”

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Governor Eric Holcomb says we are taking a bit of a break under Indiana’s Back on Track plan.
During the governor’s briefing on Wednesday, Holcomb said that the COVID-19 positivity rate and hospitalizations have risen.
As a result, capacity limits for indoor businesses will not move forward as planned in Stage 5.

Governor Eric Holcomb says an increase in COVID-19 cases in Indiana and several surrounding states contributed to his decision to take a bit of a pause on reopening efforts. The governor did say Indiana is “holding steady” but said he would rather be safe than sorry.

State Health Commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box said in the governor’s briefing on Wednesday that hospitalizations were dropping until this past week.

The newly announced “Stage 4.5” is a bit of a pause on Stage 5 guidelines while retaining some of the principles in Stage 4. Places like restaurants, bars, stores, personal services, gyms, and other indoor businesses were set to return to full capacity. Instead, they must follow the guidelines that are in place now.

Stage 5 was originally planned to begin Saturday. “Stage 4.5” will be in place July 4 through July 17.

Outdoor events resume, following Stage 5 guidelines.
However, Elkhart County will remain in Stage 4 through July 17.

Stage 4.5 Guidelines:
-Continue remote work as needed
-Face coverings are highly recommended
-Social gatherings of up to 250 people are allowed with CDC social distancing guidelines in place

To see a full list of guidelines, click here

You can see the governor’s full plan here

You can see the governor’s full executive order here

Governor Holcomb previously said he won’t hesitate to hit the pause button or even go back to a previous phase if the state isn’t able to meet four guidelines:

1. The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days

2. The state retains the ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic, as well as healthcare workers, essential workers, first responders, and others as delineated on the ISDH website

3. The state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators

4. Health officials have systems in place to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and complete contact tracing

“As we lift restrictions and more people return to work, visit a store or restaurant, and participate in more activities, the number of COVID-19 cases will increase. If we cannot meet these principles, all or portions of the state may need to pause on moving forward, or we may return to an earlier stage of the governor’s stay-at-home order, “reads this section of the new website