Hogsett announces new pandemic restrictions for Marion County

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett on Thursday rolled out a new set of business and social-gathering restrictions for Marion County in response to a rising wave of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

– Starting Sunday, indoor capacity will be reduced to 25% for bars and entertainment venues. Restaurants can stay at 50% indoors and 100% outdoor capacity. Self-service buffets and salad bars and karaoke are banned. Maximum party size at tables is six.

-All non-essential hospitality and entertainment businesses must close at midnight. Weddings, receptions, special holiday events and sporting events will be limited to 25% capacity.

– Events with more than 50 people require an approved safety plan.

– Religious services will be limited to 75% indoor capacity. Cultural venues, music venues, tourism sites are reduced to 25% indoor capacity. Gyms and fitness studios are reduced to 25% indoor capacity.

– Negative COVID-19 tests will be required to visit nursing homes, within 72 hours of visit.

“I take no joy in making these changes,” Hogsett said during a video announcement. “It’s heartbreaking.”

The move comes on the heels of Gov Eric Holcomb’s announcement of new statewide restrictions taking effect this weekend. Holcomb announced Wednesday that he would sign an executive order establishing new pandemic restrictions for the state, focusing in particular on requirements for the hardest-hit counties.

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