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Under the Governor's Executive Order 21-09 issued on March 31,2021, all Hoosiers and all individuals in the State of Indiana should adhere to the following:

Exercise Caution at all Times: Each and every Hoosier and person within the Hoosier state should adhere to CDC guidance and the measures outlined in this directive to take responsibility for their safety and the health and safety of those around them. This includes CDC guidelines for individuals who have been fully vaccinated.

Self-Quarantine When Warranted: All Hoosiers are strongly encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 test and self-quarantine if they or a household member becomes symptomatic or have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. All Hoosiers who have received a positive COVID-19 test shall self-quarantine and are strongly encouraged to cooperate with contact tracers.

High Risk and Vulnerable Individuals: Individuals at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including those 65 and above and those who are sick or have underlying medical issues, are urged to remain vigilant about protecting themselves from exposure to COVID-19.

Hoosiers who will be in contact with individuals 65 and older and those with known high-risk medical conditions, should consider suspending in-person visits and should not visit if symptomatic or if they have received a positive COVID-19 test. When in contact with individuals 65 and older and those with known high-risk medical conditions it is also recommended that CDC guidelines be followed and face covering be worn at all times, whether inside or outside, and regardeless of whether six or more feet of distance can be achieved.

Social Distancing & Increased Sanitation: Every individual within the State of Indiana should engage in social distancing with all other individuals, unless they are all members of a single household. The phrase "social distancing" means maintaining at least six (6) feet of distance from other individuals or, in the event six (6) feet of distance is not possible, use of a barrier to separate individuals or members of a single household from others.

Increased sanitation is also strongly recommended and inlcudes washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezeds, regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.

Face Covering Requirement:

Unless an exemption outlined below applies or when in a private residence, every individual within the State of Indiana shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when:

  • Inside all state government buildings, offices and facilities, including but not limited to the Indiana Government Center, Indianapolis office locationss and other offices or facilities throughout the state;
  • Outside on state property where six feet of social distancing cannot be achieved and maintained with individuals who are not in your household;
  • At a COVID testing or vaccination site;
Definitions:
  • Face Coverings: A ''face covering" means a cloth, preferably with two layers of material, which covers the nose and mouth and is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is simply wrapped around the lower face.
  • Face Shields: A "face shield" is a mask, typically made of clear plastic, which covers the nose and mouth.
Exemptions to Face Coverings: The following individuals are exempt from this directive to wear a face covering but are strongly encouraged to do so if practicable and without undue risk, or alternatively, are strongly encouraged to wear a face shield:
  • Children under two (2) years of age should not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation;
  • Children who are over the age of two (2) years and under the age of eight (8) unless otherwise required by a directive in the Governor's Executive Order;
  • Any person with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability which prevents wearing a face covering;
  • Any person who is deaf or hard of hearing, or communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;
  • Any person for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines;
  • Any person while consuming food or drink, or is seated at a restaurant or other establishment to eat or drink;
  • Any person while exercising or engaging in sports activity and who can maintain six (6) feet of social distancing from other individuals not in the same household;
  • Any person who is in a swimming pool, lake, or similar body of water and who can maintain six (6) feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household;
  • Any person while driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household as the driver;
  • Any person obtaining a service which requires temporary removal of the face covering for security surveillance, screening, or a need for specific access to the face, such as while visiting a bank or while obtaining a health-related or personal care service involving the face, however the removal of the face covering must be temporary and limited only to the extent necessary to obtain the service;
  • Any person, upon request, as part of a law enforcement investigatory stop or investigation or court-related proceeding;
  • Any person who is incarcerated;
  • Any person who is experiencing homelessness;
  • Any person while giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience if the person can maintain six (6) feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household; or
  • Any person while giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience if the person can maintain six (6) feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household; or
  • Any person attending or engaged in a religious service.