White River State Park closes, programs postponed due to COVID-19

Posted at 10:22 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 10:38:07-04

INDIANAPOLIS — White River State Park closed Tuesday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a news release from the park, the White River State Park Frank Lloyd Visitors Center and the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum are temporarily closed, and all scheduled programs, activities and events, including those taking place in Military Park, have been postponed or suspended.

"This decision was made out of an abundance of caution, to protect the safety and health of our staff, volunteers and visitors. As the situation continues to unfold, a date to reopen and resume activities will be established, based on recommendations from (the Indiana State Department of Health)," the release from White River State Park said.

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Other attractions at White River State Park that have closed temporarily include the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the Indianapolis Zoo, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites and the NCAA Hall of Champions Museum. Additionally, the start of the Indianapolis Indians' season at Victory Field has been delayed.

On Monday, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb limited all non-essential gatherings in the state to 50 people, and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett declared a local disaster emergency that limits non-essential travel and closes bars, entertainment venues and certain businesses like gyms and movie theaters.

The coronavirus outbreak has officially killed two people and sickened 30 in the state, according to ISDH.