Gov. Holcomb Announces "Tweaks" to Stay-at-Home Order Including to Limit Non-Essential Businesses


STATEWIDE -- Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed an executive order Monday extending the "Hunker Down Hoosiers" Stay-at-Home Order for another two weeks.  

Under the new executive order, all retail businesses, other than those that sell "necessities of life" like grocery stores and pharmacies, would be required to remain closed unless they establish a service similar to restaurants and bars; offering carryout / curb-side options to limit foot traffic inside the stores.

Grocery stores around the area, like Walmart, are now putting limits on the number of shoppers allowed in the store at once.  Walmart, Meijer, and Target say they hope this will slow the spread of the coronavirus with more social distancing.

Front doors are now roped off and require people to wait outside in line until ushered in.

Walmart's limit is five shoppers for every 1,000 square feet.

With people out for just essentials, lines are expected to be short and move quickly.

In Monday's press briefing, state officials addressed the issue of craft / hobby stores like Jo Ann's Fabric and Hobby Lobby.  They say those types of stores do not sell "necessities of life" and would need to abide by the rules set up for non-essential retailers.  Hobby Lobby officials initially resisted efforts to close their stores, saying the sale of fabric was essential.  


The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 536 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 4,944 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total. 

A total of 139 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days. 

To date, 26,191 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 22,652 on Sunday. 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 204. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (12), Decatur (10), Hamilton (35), Hancock (12), Hendricks (20), Johnson (28), Lake (34), Madison (14), Morgan (10), Porter (20), Ripley (10) and St. Joseph (10). The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.