COVID-19 Update – New Executive Order 20-48

The newest Executive Order is out (EO 20-48) with the details about the latest requirements for counties that are in the Orange or Red using the State’s color-coded metric that combines new cases per 100,000 people over the last week and the 7-day positivity rates in each county.  The order goes into effect tomorrow (Saturday) night at 11:59 p.m. and continues through December 12th. This map is updated each week based on information through midnight on that Sunday. Right now all of SW Indiana (and most of Indiana) is designated Orange. The nearest county in a different color is Perry, which is Red.

The order makes clear that a County must meet the score of a lower category for two consecutive weeks before being allowed to move to that category, which will eliminate some “whiplash” from requirements changing quickly after just taking effect. Additionally, the order directs IOSHA to take all available administrative and enforcement actions against businesses failing to comply. Besides health departments, police, the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission and the IN Dept. of Homeland Security have enforcement power. It states that state and local entities will start with verbal orders, then order the unsafe practice to cease, then order to close a business entity. They are also able to refer noncompliant businesses for prosecution.

If you own/manage a business or any other location that is open to the public, please review the Order and determine what actions you may need to take to remain in compliance. These actions include: having a COVID-19 response plan; requiring face coverings; implementing social distancing options; updated sanitation requirements; and compliance with IOSHA standards. There are specific sections of the Order for hospitals; restaurants, bars, taverns, nightclubs and other establishments providing in-person food and drink service; religious services/places of worship; social gathering places/events; K-12 educational institutions.