INDIANAPOLIS — This will be our first weekend with restaurant and bar closures, mall closures, movie theatre closures and other businesses.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says check in on your neighbors during this time, but at a safe distance, and to take advantage of carry-out options and go for a walk outside.
Many people still had some distractions from the big picture this week, helping children with e-learning or transitioning to working from home.
Governor Holcomb is reminding people to check in on neighbors safely and support the community as much as possible during this time.
On Thursday, the Governor announced during a press conference that disaster relief low-interest loans would be available for small businesses across the state; however, we need to continue patronizing companies as much as allowed.
Many restaurants and bars have transitioned to carry-out options amid the crisis. Some restaurants are offering take and bake options and some bars offering to go cocktail options.
Governor Holcomb is encouraging people to take advantage of these new options while continuing to practice social distancing.
"Because there is no greater civil liberty than the liberty to not being infected by irresponsible actions and behaviors of others who would dangerously impact the health and safety of our fellow citizens," Governor Holcomb said.
When it comes to sheltering in place, Governor Holcomb says we are not there yet. He also reminded people that they do not have to stay indoors, encouraging Hoosiers to go outside and go for a walk while continuing to practice safe distancing.
State parks remain open across Indiana.
The main concern remains the most vulnerable people in the populations, including the elderly and those who are immunocompromised.
However, the CDC released new numbers that show 29% of U.S. cases are among people between 20 and 44 years old. An important reminder that no one is immune from this virus and that social distancing and washing your hands are essential.