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Marion County schools to go virtual by Nov. 30

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Posted at 10:55 AM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 14:46:15-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Marion County schools must go virtual by Nov. 30.

This includes all K-12 schools, public and private. Schools can go virtual before Nov. 30 by their own choice. The order ends on Jan. 15, 2021.

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The Marion County Health Department announced the change Thursday morning.

Mayor Joe Hogsett also announced new restrictions on indoor events and restaurants as the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate continues to rise.

The new restrictions will take effect on Nov. 16.

Here is a snapshot of some of the changes:

  • Bars and entertainment venues capped at 25% indoor capacity, outdoor capacity will be allowed at 100% capacity
  • Restaurants are limited to 50% indoor capacity, outdoor capacity will be allowed at 100% capacity
  • Buffets, salad bars and karaoke are banned
  • Table size at restaurants is capped to six
  • Concerts, movies, fairs, festivals, weddings, wedding receptions and sporting events are ordinarily capped at 25% capacity, they may include more than 50 people if the event has an approved safety plan from the Marion County Health Department. This is a reduction from the current 250-person limit
  • Religious services are limited to 75% indoor capacity
  • Libraries, funeral homes, swimming pools, food courts reduced to 50% indoor capacity
  • Cultural venues such as museums are limited to 25% capacity
  • Gyms, fitness studios and locker rooms are limited to 25% indoor capacity
  • Marion County will require a negative test within 72 hours for indoor visitation at long term care facilities

“The new statewide surge shows no sign of stopping,” Hogsett said.

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