The Back on Track Indiana process will slow down to a certain extent following Gov. Eric Holcomb’s announcement on Thursday.
All counties in Indiana including Shelby, with the exception of Elkhart, will transition to Stage 4.5 starting at 11:59 p.m. today. That additional stage will continue through July 17, unless the governor announces an extension.
Increasing capacity at restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, that had previously been planned for Saturday, has been put on hold. Those will remain at 50 percent capacity while continuing to practice social distancing.
There is no state mandate for the use of masks in public. However, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced on Thursday morning that masks will be required in Marion County starting on July 9.
Under Stage 4.5, fairs, festivals, parades, youth overnight camps, conventions and horse racing are among the events specifically affected. Those may continue with 50 percent capacity, also with social distancing being practiced.
Locally, the Morristown Boys and Girls Club carnival, which had originally been rescheduled for July 10-12, was rescheduled again for Sept. 25-27 prior to the governor’s announcement. That carnival is not affected under the latest update.
Likewise, the Shelbyville Parks and Recreation summer camp, previously scheduled to start on Saturday, was canceled prior to the announcement.
However, the Splash Pad at Blue River Memorial Park, which was also planning on opening on Saturday, will be pushed back to July 17 when Stage 4.5 is scheduled to end.
The 50 percent capacity that was previously in place for fairs, festivals and parades will remain through Stage 4.5. Social distancing must be practiced and face coverings, regardless of if the event is indoors or outdoors, is strongly recommended.
Conventions will be allowed to continue but must be limited to no more than 250 people, and the plan encourages for a health screening process to be incorporated.
Horse racing will also be allowed to continued with 50 percent capacity.