In today's (November 11) COVID briefing, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced new restrictions for counties that reach a certain level of spread. This comes as the state reported another record for daily coronavirus cases. Indiana saw a record 5,156 new cases Wednesday (November 11), the second time the daily total has passed 5,000. There were also 31 new deaths reported.
Stage 5, the reopening stage the state has been in since Sept. 26, is no longer in effect, Holcomb said. The state will instead impose restrictions by county based on its rate of spread noted in a color designation.
The state posts a metric maps online that designates each county as either blue, yellow, orange or red, with red counties showing the most spread.
Most of the state's counties are designated orange, including St. Joseph, Elkhart and Marshall counties. Nine counties are red.
Holcomb said beginning this weekend, orange counties will be limited to social gatherings of 50 people or fewer. Red counties will be limited to gatherings of 25 people or fewer.
Also for orange counties: Indoor special activities for more than 50 people must get approval from the local health department. Attendance at K-12 extracurricular and co-curricular events is limited to 25% capacity.
In addition for orange counties, capacity in common areas and break rooms should be reduced. And recreational sports leagues and tournaments can continue but with attendance limited to participants, required personnel and parents/guardians.
The state's mask mandate remains in place, so businesses must post signs at public and employee entrances saying face coverings are required, and only people wearing face coverings are allowed inside.
Also, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Alcohol & Tobacco Commission will join local governments to check businesses for occupancy, social distancing and face covering requirements.
And for red counties: Indoor special events for more than 25 people must get approval from the local health department. K-12 events limited to personnel, participants and a parents or guardians. Senior care activities suspended.
Holcomb said $20 million will be made available to counties enforcing mask mandates, social distancing guidelines and other orders.
Source: South Bend Tribune, Indianapolis Star reports