On Monday evening, Indianapolis City and County Council voted to end Marion County’s mask mandate for those fully vaccinated, or those who have scored two weeks since their last COVID-19 inoculation.
Masks may no longer be needed in Marion County, but that doesn’t mean Hoosiers or visitors to Indianapolis can yet completely eradicate face coverings from their daily lives.
Marion County was one of the last counties in the state to consider reversing its rule after Gov. Eric Holcomb ended the state’s ordinance in April and left local governments to take care of it. to decide whether to keep or abandon their mask mandates.
While public places and large retailers choose to use the honor system when it comes to wearing masks, there are some settings that will still require face coverings.
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Here’s what to know about the end of Indianapolis mask tenure and where you still need to be aware of COVID-19 restrictions.
What are the new rules proposed for Indianapolis?
The changes approved Monday night relax the county’s mandate on masks and capacity restrictions, effective Tuesday, June 8.
People who are not fully vaccinated are urged to always wear their masks in public places, but the health ministry said it cannot “polish” people on wearing face coverings.
Monday’s proposal also increases the capacity of interior spaces. Full capacity will be restored for church services and funerals. Bars can increase their indoor service from 50% to 75%. Restaurants will remain at 75%. The central location and branches of the Indianapolis Public Library can increase capacity by up to 75%.
Indoor sports and major events will remain at half capacity. The swimming pools are open at full capacity and the golf courses at 75% of their capacity.
Where are masks still required around Indianapolis?
Businesses may require customers to mask themselves when entering, although many large retailers have said vaccinated customers do not need to wear them.
Is the mask compulsory in hospitals and health facilities?
Do public transport and the airport still need masks?
People must still wear face masks at airports, planes, buses, and trains until September 13 on the orders of the Transportation Security Administration, which has extended the face mask requirement for commuters across the United States. .
Why did Marion County’s mask tenure last so long?
The counties surrounding Marion County announced the end of their jurisdiction’s mask tenure shortly after Holcomb abandoned state-level rule and left decisions about masks to local governments.
Local officials have said they want to delay the end of Marion County’s mask tenure as the number of COVID-19 remains high in the region and for more people to get vaccinated.
The CDC has since issued new guidelines indicating that fully vaccinated people can remove their masks in most indoor and outdoor spaces.
As of June 5, 36.4% of residents in Marion County were fully immunized, according to the county’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Marion County Public Health Department Director Dr Virginia Caine said on Monday authorities would call for a full reopening once the local vaccination rate hits 50%. Caine said she hopes this will happen by July 4.
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