Campgrounds close, some businesses limit operations

During his daily briefing Monday afternoon, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced he had officially signed and revised a two-week extension of his stay-at-home order.

Other revisions include the closing of campgrounds at 11:59 p.m. today, including those on state parks.

“We had those opened with good intentions in mind, but it was meant for exercising. We can’t have parking lots full of hundreds of folks taking in our beautiful state parks,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb also announce nonessential retail businesses would be required to close their stores to customers and operate only on a pick-up or delivery basis, similar to the bill signed affecting restaurants and bars.

Businesses that will remain open to customers also must limit the number of customers in the store and hours of operation and comply with all social distancing and sanitation measures.

These policies will be enforced by an enforcement response team created with this order, which has the specific purpose of enforcing these rules, Holcomb said.

According to the order, the team will be comprised of state law enforcement from agencies other than the Indiana State Police who are sworn to enforce any law of the state. The order also states that anyone knowingly violating this order is subject to be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, punishable up to 180 days of incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000.

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Monday that 536 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories. That brings to 4,944 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

Jackson County had one new reported case of COVID-19, bringing the total to 37.

A total of 139 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

Jackson County still has no deaths reported as a result of the virus.

To date, 26,191 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 22,652 on Sunday, and 141 Jackson County residents have been tested.

Marion County had the most new cases at 204. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (12), Decatur (10), Hamilton (35), Hancock (12), Hendricks (20), Johnson (28), Lake (34), Madison (14), Morgan (10), Porter (20), Ripley (10) and St. Joseph (10).

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Retail businesses providing the necessities of life include grocery stores, supermarkets, supercenters or mass merchandisers (provided they have a sizable food/grocery section such as Meijer and Walmart), specialty food stores, certified farmers markets, farm and produce stands, convenience stores and gas stations, pharmacies, auto sales, auto supply auto maintenance or repair, farm equipment, construction equipment, bicycle shops, hardware and supply stores, office supply stores, pet supply stores, club stores (provided they have a sizable food/grocery section such as Sam’s Club or Costco) and building material and supplies stores (e.g., Lowe’s, Menards and The Home Depot).