The Monroe County Public Health Authority issued an order Friday evening extending the current stay-at-home guidelines for Monroe County, even as Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a loosening of statewide restrictions earlier in the day.
The order is a coordination between The Monroe County Public Health Department, Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton, the Monroe County Board of Commissioners and the Town of Ellettsville. It will be in effect starting May 1 at 11:59 p.m., when the statewide stay-at-home order expires, through May 15 at 11:59 p.m.
The intent of the order is to "maintain the status quo and current [social distancing] measures" until local data shows a decline of the virus in the area and criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are met.
The order continues to prohibit dine-in restaurant and bar service, as well as non-essential business operations and non-essential travel.
It also encourages the use of protective face coverings or masks when in public, "especially when one cannot maintain social distance."
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