Gov. Eric Holcomb orders Indiana to 'hunker down'

Posted at 11:57 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 18:22:08-04

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Hoosiers should be prepared to “hunker down” for the foreseeable future, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced in a Monday news conference.

“Stay at home unless you’re going out on an essential errand or essential work or essential business,” he said.

Holcomb announced he had signed two new executive orders.

The first commands Hoosiers to stay at home starting at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday and remain there until April 6, except for essential tasks such as getting supplies, receiving or performing medical care, going to work and exercising outside.

The second allows law enforcement to issue citations — and later close or revoke liquor licenses — for businesses that do not obey previous orders to stop serving food and drinks indoors.

Like the governors of Ohio and Kentucky, Holcomb has already closed dining rooms in restaurants and bars, postponed his state’s primary election and closed all schools until at least May 1.

The Indiana State Department of Health has recorded 259 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, nearly half of them in the same county as Indianapolis. Seven people have died as a result of COVID-19 complications.