Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday announced a “stay at home” order for Hoosiers as the state tries to slow the spread of COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic. The governor said Hoosiers should only go out for essential errands, work or business. While Terre Haute City offices are closed, Mayor Duke Bennett says City services will continue. You can read Mayor Bennett's letter here.
So what does that mean for us? Here is a localized Q&A based upon the state's guidelines.
WHY IS THERE A STAY-AT-HOME ORDER?
The stay-at-home order was issued to protect the health, safety and well-being of Hoosiers. Staying home and keeping physically separated is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Adhering to the order will save lives, and it is everyone's responsibility to do our part.
WHAT DOES THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER MEAN?
Unless you work for an essential business or operation, or are doing an essential activity, you must stay home.
WHAT IS "ESSENTIAL BUSINESS"?
Essential businesses and services include but are not limited to Grocery Stores, Pharmacies, Gas Stations, Hospitals, Doctor’s Offices, Healthcare Facilities, Utilities, Public Transit, and public service hotlines. The Governor's explanation of 'Essential Businesses," can be found here.
WHAT IS 'ESSENTIAL ACTIVITY"?
Essential activities include but are not limited to activities for Public Safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and to take care of others.
WHAT IS THE TIMEFRAME FOR THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER?
The Stay-At-Home Order remains in effect through Monday, April 6th at 11:59 pm, but could be extended if the outbreak warrants.
IS THIS MANDATORY OR A RECOMMENDATION?
This order is mandatory. For everyone's safety, people must stay home and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
WILL STREETS & ROADS BE CLOSED?
No, the roads will remain open. You should only travel if it is for your health or essential work.
I WORK FOR AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS. WILL I BE ALLOWED TO TRAVEL TO AND FROM WORK?
Law enforcement will not be stopping drivers on their way to and from work, traveling for an essential activity such as going to the grocery store, or just taking a walk.
WILL GROCERY STORES & PHARMACIES REMAIN OPEN?
Yes, grocery stores and pharmacies are essential services. Click to view our directory listings of local Grocery Stores and Pharmacies.
CAN I STILL ORDER TAKEOUT AND DELIVERY FROM RESTAURANTS AND BARS?
Yes, restaurants and bars can continue to provide takeout and delivery, but should be closed to dine-in patrons. Please call ahead to order. For a complete listing and contact info for local restaurants, check out our Restaurants Page.
CAN I VISIT FAMILY OR FRIENDS?
For your safety and everyone else's, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19. You may visit family members who need medical or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate food supply.
CAN I LEAVE MY HOME TO EXERCISE?
Outdoor exercise such as running or walking is acceptable. However, gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. While exercising outside, you still should practice social distancing by running or walking at least 6 feet away from other people.