TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – As Indiana officials say the state is reaching a crucial point in it’s battle against COVID-19, new guidelines have been imposed to help limit the spread of the virus.
On March 23, Gov, Eric Holcomb announced a stay-at-home order that would last from March 25th until April 7.
This order encouraged Hoosiers to only leave their home for essential business.
Some of these businesses include grocery stores, pharmacies, emergency services and gas stations, among others.
An extended version of this order went go into effect Monday that will keep non-essential businesses closed until at least April 20, but this order comes with some changes.
Retail businesses offering necessities such as food can remain open but only if these types of businesses limit the number of customers in stores at one time, limit their hours and follow social distancing and sanitation guidelines.
As of Tuesday, other retail businesses not offering necessities can remain open but only for call-in ordering with delivery or curbside pick up.
These guidelines were put into place as state officials say the next two weeks are critical.
During a Tuesday afternoon press conference, State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said she believes that Indiana has not reached its peak numbers for COVID-19 yet.
With 173 COVID-19 deaths reported in Indiana, the state has surpassed the average number of deaths that occur during flu season (150-160).
Moving forward Holcomb is asking all Hoosiers to hunker down and to only leave home if necessary.
He said the state does have a plan in place that will go to the extreme to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but he hopes the situation doesn’t get there; the actions of the public in coming days will help determine that.
Holcomb also said with warmer weather coming in, he will increase enforcement to limit outdoor gatherings if it becomes needed.