Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett on Thursday rolled out a new set of business and social-gathering restrictions for Marion County in response to a rising wave of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
– All schools are required to switch to all-virtual instruction no later than Nov. 30.
– Starting Monday, indoor capacity will be reduced to 25% for bars and entertainment venues. Restaurants can stay at 50% indoors and 100% outdoor capacity. Self-service buffets and salad bars and karaoke are banned. Maximum party size at tables is six.
– All non-essential hospitality and entertainment businesses must close at midnight. Weddings, receptions, special holiday events and sporting events will be limited to 25% capacity.
– Events with more than 50 people require an approved safety plan.
– Religious services will be limited to 75% indoor capacity. Cultural venues, music venues, tourism sites are reduced to 25% indoor capacity. Gyms and fitness studios are reduced to 25% indoor capacity.
– Negative COVID-19 tests will be required to visit nursing homes for an indoor visit, within 72 hours of the visit.
“I take no joy in making these changes,” Hogsett said during a video announcement. “It’s heartbreaking.”
Marion County on Wednesday reported 726 new COVID-19 cases. The testing-positivity rate for all tests rose to 15.7% and to 10.3% for unique individuals.
“I urge residents to scale back Thanksgiving plans,” Hogsett said. He recommended people hold video chats on Thanksgiving instead of gathering together or consider eating outside.