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Marion County schools to go virtual by Nov. 30

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.

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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