reopening stage had been scheduled for Sunday. Officials said the earlier
action was possible because of continuing declines in the number of people
hospitalized for the COVID-19 virus and the availability of intensive care
unit beds to treat those who are most seriously ill.
Dr. Kristina Box,
the state health commissioner, warned that precautions were still needed to
stem the coronavirus spread even as most of the business and travel
restrictions first imposed in March are lifted.
“It doesn’t really
mean that we go back to the normal - no masks, no social distancing, no
careful handwashing, alcoholing your hands,” Box said. “All of those are
Holcomb said he was
still targeting July 4 as the date for when most gathering size and activity
restrictions will be eliminated.
That comes even as
Indiana has seen at least 128 coronavirus-related deaths during June,
boosting the state’s death toll to 2,355 since the first fatality was
reported in mid-March, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
declared a public health emergency for the state on March 6 and followed
that with a statewide stay-at-home order closing nonessential businesses
beginning March 25. The stay-at-home order was lifted on May 4 as the
initial easing of restrictions began.
“We can’t let up,”
Holcomb said of safety precautions. “We can’t act like this virus isn’t
continuing to spread across the state of Indiana, but we have the intensity
at a managed level.”