Governor issues revised Stay at Home order

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Gov. Eric Holcomb

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday issued a revised Stay At Home order that lasts through May 1 and is designed to limit interactions among Hoosiers to increase containment of COVID-19.

As of Monday, 11,686 people had tested positive and 569 people had died from the disease in Indiana. There are now positive tests in 92 of 92 counties.

Click here to see the executive order:

As a part of this action, Gov. Holcomb also extended through May 1 the orders that limit in-person public activity at state government offices and put restrictions on the operation of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

“I want to thank Hoosiers in every corner of our state who have stayed socially-distanced and hunkered down. Lives are being saved, and we’re slowing the spread,” Holcomb said. “Continuing the course at this time is essential to flattening the curve while we also prepare to safely reopen Indiana for business.”

While the Stay At Home order chiefly continues as is, EO 20-22 brings clarity to some essential businesses.

• As long as sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE), staff and other supplies are available for the COVID-19 response, hospitals should conduct medically necessary procedures, such as those determining cancer diagnosis and cardiac issues, respiratory procedures, and procedures to reduce significant pain or symptoms making quality of life unacceptable.

o Any restrictions involving medical procedures will be evaluated every seven days for appropriate and timely modifications that could be implemented.

• Permitted outdoor activity as described in the executive order includes yard work, gardening, planting and landscaping at residential, commercial and industrial properties and farms.

o Nurseries and garden centers may be open for business as long as they limit the number of customers in their facility at any given time to achieve the Centers for Disease Control’s required social distancing, limit their hours of operation and consider implementing separate operating hours for the elderly and other vulnerable customers, and comply with the social distancing, sanitation and other mitigation measure to protect its employees and the public.

• Pet grooming at a pet salon, store or mobile unit is permitted.

The Critical Industries Hotline continues to be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday to respond to business and industry questions about whether a business is considered essential. The center may be reached by calling 877-820-0890 or by emailing

Answers to frequently asked questions and instructions to file for COVID-19-related unemployment are available at

A link to the updated Stay-At-Home Order FAQ may be found here: Please refer to this FAQ page for guidance and clarifications.

More information may be found at the ISDH website at and the CDC website at

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    Where should one even begin?

    Should I say anything about how this virus is now believed to account for 0.009 percent mortality (rounded upward!) of our state's entire population while pretending to ignore the possibility of any margins-of-error that existed during respective postmortems? What about how each day we see something in the media concerning new findings we never knew before about the lifespan or capabilities of the virus, making prior understandings practically irrelevant, and in turn, putting all prior statistics at risk of being false? Or should I applaud this idiot's platitudes and decision to endorse a systematic swath of closures and cancellations that put millions of peoples' livelihoods in jeopardy and forcing an already struggling education system to it's knees? Maybe I should just shut up and be thankful I can still take my sweet little papillons to Happy Pawz or Groomingdales for their monthly manicures and teeth whitenings?

    Thanks, Eric!

    (The level of absurdity we're seeing with all this is the real infection we need respirators for.)

    Out of curiosity, would anyone know the going square footage cost of real estate on the moon? I'd love to get the hell off this rock once and for all. I keep whispering the running mantra to myself. You know the one, which goes, "We're in this together!" ...but it's not helping. Try as hard as I do, I just don't buy it.

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Tue, Apr 21, 2020, at 12:31 PM
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    DQ - (slow, thoughtful applause)... Yes, "we" are in this together. :)

    It's a shame there are many who are too quick to give up their liberty and livelihood for an overblown panic.

    Who is the government to say what business is essential? If I own a business, that business IS me and my customers. Otherwise I would not be in business.

    And notice that Fuhrer Holcomb doesn't follow his own orders... during the protest this past weekend at the Governor's Mansion, Herr Holcomb was conspicuously absent from his residence.

    Don't give up, brother! If we can change one mind, we can change a few. And then maybe a few more get changed after that.

    The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Stay vigilant my friend.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Tue, Apr 21, 2020, at 1:06 PM
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    Nail, meet head. 100% correct on all points, DP.

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Tue, Apr 21, 2020, at 1:34 PM
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    Here is what the big bad mean government heard when eavesdropping on DQ's and DPR's phone call.

    DQ: You're so smart DPR!

    DPR: No, you're so smart DQ!

    DQ: You always just say the right things DPR!

    DPR: No, you say them so much better DQ!

    DQ: You complete me DPR!

    DPR: You had me at hello DQ!

    DQ: You hang up.

    DPR: No you hang up!

    DQ: No you!

    DPR: No you!

    At this point the NSA boogeyman can be heard bashing his head on his desk wishing he was a layperson gullible sheep and was sleeping at home....

    -- Posted by RSOTS on Tue, Apr 21, 2020, at 4:16 PM
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    RSOTS - LOL. I am not important enough to be listened to regularly...just monitored through emails, texts, and social media. :)

    You would probably sell your grandmother out for not social distancing...if you haven't already... wouldn't you, comrade?

    Have anything that actually contributes to the discussion?

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Tue, Apr 21, 2020, at 4:46 PM
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    There's nothing cuter than watching RSOTS trying to write a story.

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Tue, Apr 21, 2020, at 7:27 PM
  • Thank you RSOTS for a great comment. I have found it is much easier to ignore these 2 little boys.

    -- Posted by Nit on Tue, Apr 21, 2020, at 7:55 PM
  • I heard the other day that the earth is flat, God bless the first amendment and let common sense prevail.

    -- Posted by Tiger82 on Tue, Apr 21, 2020, at 9:34 PM
  • Misters Quaid and Roberts, you two make a lot of sense with your alternate opinions and viewpoints. I have to admit that on more than one occasion you have changed my mind or taught me something. I might be older, but I'm beginning to read the comment section with a more open mind.

    -- Posted by Prince of Stardust Hills on Tue, Apr 21, 2020, at 9:55 PM
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    DQ, I believe you misused the word story for the word comment. I leave the story writing to you and DPR. Good news is if you do release a book it sounds like you will at least have one fan in Cloverbilly to attend the reading.

    -- Posted by RSOTS on Tue, Apr 21, 2020, at 10:50 PM
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    That's excellent, CloverBilly. It's nice to see others around here showing interest in things like uncommon belief, different angles of consideration, empirical rationale, etc. I'll admit that the ammo can sometimes be hit-and-miss but that's okay: nobody is perfect and even the fields of perceived idiocy can conceal the biggest contextual diamonds. Most importantly, only a fool scoffs at all ideas, especially upon first blush without any effort to understand their opposition. Clearly, you're not within a hundred miles of being a fool.

    Tiger82, I completely agree, which is why it's imperative to restrain oneself upon feeling that impulse to scoff at others and the ideas they tow. Those who enjoy solid foundations within their churches of reason and patience never behold the downfall of their mental demesnes from mere words. Sadly, those who suffer cracked floors, bowed walls, or split joists are the first to witness their castle's destruction. For them, the forces of hydrostatic reason are just too much to bear. Don't be on that team.

    As for Nit(wit), you'll be better off sitting in the corner that I put you in the last time we crossed swords. We've all seen what happens when you try to play with the varsity squad.

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Tue, Apr 21, 2020, at 11:03 PM
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    I love you, too, RSOTS. ;.)

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Tue, Apr 21, 2020, at 11:07 PM
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    Thank you, Cloverbilly. Your words are appreciated.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Tue, Apr 21, 2020, at 11:36 PM
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