Holcomb Extends Statewide Mask Mandate, Renews Public Health Emergency

As Indiana moves forward into Stage 5 of its reopening, Gov. Holcomb on Thursday extended the statewide mask mandate and renewed the declaration of a public health emergency.

Posted: Sep 24, 2020 1:16 PM

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb on Thursday announced the extension of his statewide mask mandate to align with the state's transition into Stage 5 of its reopening.

Stage 5 of Holcomb's "Back on Track Indiana" plan goes into effect on Saturday, Sept. 26, and will be in effect until Saturday, Oct. 17. Holcomb said Thursday that the statewide mask mandate was extended until at least Oct. 17, which aligns with the current end date in place for Stage 5 of Indiana's reopening.


DETAILS: Stage 5 of Indiana's Reopening Plan


“Indiana continues to experience steady health indicators as Hoosiers change their habits to wash our hands more, practice social distancing and wear face coverings," said Gov. Holcomb. "This allows us to continue to get Indiana Back on Track, and I urge Hoosiers to keep up their vigilance, especially as the days get cooler, so schools and businesses can remain open."

The Governor also signed an executive order on Thursday extending the public health emergency for an additional 30 days.

To view a copy of Executive Order 20-43 which sets in-motion Stage 5 of Indiana's reopening, click here.

You can view a copy of Executive Order 20-44, which is the seventh renewal of the state's public health emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic by clicking here.



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