Due to increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Indiana, Governor Eric Holcomb has announced the state will not advance to Stage 5 of the Back on Track Indiana Plan this weekend. The Governor says the state has also seen the rise in hot spots in certain areas around America and does not want to see Indiana lose the ground it has gained in the past few months.
“We are prepared over the next two weeks, leading up to July 18th, to go to ‘Stage 4.5′”, Holcomb announced.
“Much will stay the same over the next two weeks. The volatility we see in some areas of our state, but especially around our own borders have given us pause”, Holcomb said.
Holcomb reiterated the state bases its approach to COVID-19 on state, regional and national data and felt moving to Stage 5 as scheduled would stray from the formula.
“I said at the outset, I wanted Indiana to be through this in the safest and surest way possible”, Holcomb said.
“Things will change next week, they will change next month, they will change next year. For the most part, this gives all of us a little more time to manage our way through this”, he said.
Outdoor events, fairs, festivals and youth overnight camps can continue as scheduled, although the Indiana State Department of Health calls on all Hoosiers to wear masks in public for everyone’s protection. An additional announcement on moving into Stage 5 of the Back on Track Indiana Plan will likely come before July 18th.