Stage 3 of Holcomb’s reopening plan to begin Friday

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – Governor Holcomb is moving ahead with reopening plans.

Starting Friday, at 12:01 a.m., Stage 3 for reopening in Indiana will begin.

What that means – social gatherings of up to 100 people – restaurants can open at 50 percent capacity – movie theaters at 50 percent – retail locations can open at 75 percent…that is with the exception of Cass, Marion, and Lake Counties

Under Stage 3, gyms and fitness centers, playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, and similar facilities, as well as pools, can open with restrictions, social distancing, and cleaning. Although, Fort Wayne Parks and Rec announced last week that our city pools won’t.

We will be in this stage until June 14 if all goes well but again, the governor says nothing is promised and he will adjust if need be.

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 BackonTrack.IN.gov.

Governor Holcomb was also specific to say that local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.