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Mayor Hogsett, Marion County health officials announce new COVID-19 measures

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – According to the Indiana State Department of Health’s website, Marion County has more than 16,000 positive COVID-19 cases and 730 deaths related to the virus, the most in the state of Indiana.

To help fight against the spread of the virus, On July 9, a county-wide face mask mandate went into effect. This was followed by Gov. Holcomb’s statewide face mask mandate that went into place on July 27.

On Tuesday morning, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Marion County health officials announced new measures in the fight against COVID-19.

The newly announced Marion County measures that go into effect on Friday, Aug. 14 are as follows:

Bars and nightclubs must remain closed.

  • This includes 21 and over establishments that did not have a food menu before March 1, 2020
  • All ages restaurants are limited to 50% indoor and outdoor capacity.
  • Full menu, age-restricted restaurants limited to 25% capacity indoors
  • Table service required for all indoor dining and no bar service permitted
  • Masks required when not eating or drinking

School sports are required to follow ISHAA guidelines.

For football programs, that includes:

  •  Social distancing of 6 feet at all times while in the team box
  •  No handshake at coin toss
  • Masks on sidelines
  • Maximum 250 people allowed in stands
  • Masks required for all individuals in the stands
  • No congregation at concessions

Continued recommended 14-day quarantine following travel to states or countries with high positivity rates.

Additionally, the Marion County Public Health Department will begin fining those who violate the public health order $1,000.

“This virus is a long-term test of our unity. A test we can pass,” said Mayor Hogsett. “That’s why, once again this morning, I am pleading with all residents and business owners: do your part to follow the public health guidance, avoid unnecessary risk for you and your family, and above all – listen to responsible and informed voices.”

Over the past two months, the mayor’s office says they’ve received 407 complaints of non-adherence to the public health order and have issued two citations.

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