Hoosiers react to governor's plan to reopen Indiana after COVID-19

Posted at 11:41 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 23:41:47-04

INDIANAPOLIS — So the road map to reopen is set. But, are you ready to navigate it?

As Gov. Eric Holcomb begins to reopen Indiana, it's welcome news to Hoosiers after more than a month of a stay-at-home order.

"We're ready for it to be over. We've been cooped up for a month now at home," Sammy Allen, of Indianapolis, said. "This is basically one of our first times out in four weeks. We're ready."

Allen was among the dozens of people taking in some fresh air on Monument Circle. Allen, following social distancing guidelines, sat away from any crowds. He said even though government restrictions will soon be lifted, he's not yet ready to change all of his own rules.

"I don't know if I'd go into bigger crowds yet, but I wouldn't mind being around some folks," Allen said.

It's a sentiment shared by Richard Crawford who is more than ready to go camping while keeping his distance from other campers.

"I don't know that I'm ready for crowds," Crawford said. "I don't know that I'd go to a concert this weekend, but you know, camping is a different ball game."

When to reopen the state is no doubt a hot topic in the Catt household. Mother, Melody, works at a small business that is losing money each day. Her daughter, Sydny, is a nurse fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic every day.

"It's not for me, I'm not worried for me," Sydny Catt said. "If I get it it might be a cold that I wouldn't even raise my nose to but if my grandpa gets it he will die and I know that because I'm taking care of people right now that are dying. They can't breathe."

While Melody appreciates the job her daughter does, she's ready to get back to her work too.

"I am ready," Melody Catt said. "I truly believe in washing your hands and social distancing but I'm also a bartender and I love people and I want to get back to normalcy and I don't want my boss that loves her business and poured her heart and soul into it to lose it."