Fellow Freedom Fighters,
These are difficult times for our community. I wanted to make sure you have important information to protect yourself and your loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Let’s do all we can to slow the spread of this disease so our health care systems can manage the patient load. We know that our medical system is not adequate for basic needs, so let’s do what we can to support public health professionals during this time of crisis.
I’d also like to thank the many workers in our community who continue to show up each day to provide services. Retail workers, cleaning staff, restaurant workers, doctors, nurses, medical staff, bus drivers, DPW workers, police and firefighters — everyone who doesn’t have the luxury of working from home and who may also have children home from school — THANK YOU.
We are all in this together.
Greater Indianapolis NAACP Branch President
Please wear a mask and keep safe distances when you are out in public and with friends and family who don't live with you. Help control the spread of the disease.
On November 12, Mayor Joe Hogsett and Marion County Public Health Department Director Dr. Virginia Caine issued a new public health order decreasing capacity limits on most establishments and activities, and requiring all Marion County schools to return to virtual instruction by November 30. Mayor Hogsett and Dr. Caine also encouraged residents to alter their holiday plans to help reduce the spread of the virus.
Learn more about the COVID-19 situation in Marion County.
The new Public Health Order went into effect at 12:00 a.m. on November 16. Highlights include the following:
Bar capacity at 25% indoor, 100% outdoor capacity
Restaurant capacity at 50% indoor, 100% outdoor capacity
Special or seasonal events (concerts, movie screenings, fairs, festivals, conventions, weddings or wedding receptions, or sporting events) are now limited to 50 people or fewer unless the event has an approved safety plan from the Marion County Public Health Department, a reduction from our current 250-person limit. All other social gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited.
Funeral homes must return to 50% capacity.
Museums, cultural sites, music venues, movie theatres, bowling alleys, and other cultural and entertainment venues are limited to 25% capacity.
Gyms and fitness studios, including locker rooms, as well as private clubs and fraternal organizations are now reduced to 25% indoor capacity.
Indoor visitations at assisted living facilities will be incumbent on a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the visit.
Schools in Marion County, grades K-12, must return to virtual instruction by November 30, though they may do so prior to that date. Beginning November 30, K-12 extracurricular activities and sporting events may only include participants, their parents or guardians, and support personnel.
The countywide mask order remains in effect. Residents must wear face coverings in indoor public places and in outdoor public places where social distancing is not possible. Individuals unable to wear a mask for health reasons can often wear a plastic face shield and must do so whenever possible. MCPHD will continue to issue fines for violations of the Public Health Order in effect. Violations can be reported by calling 317-221-5500 during business hours or emailing email@example.com.
From the city's website on 10/20/2020:
Marion County residents struggling with paying rent due to the COVID-19 crisis are encouraged to go to indyrent.org (Para información en Español oprima aquí) to apply for the Rental Assistance Program.
Marion County residents unable to buy their own face covering can sign up to receive one at no charge from the city at indy.gov/masks.
Businesses interested in PPE reimbursement can go to the Restart Grant Program website to participate.
Nonprofits interested in PPE reimbursement can go to the Nonprofit Restart Program website to participate.
Restaurants wanting to connect with the city to explore opportunities for additional outdoor seating space can visit indy.gov/dineout.
April 10 Update
African Americans Hit Especially Hard
Data released this week by the State of Indiana confirmed what many of us had feared. COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on the African-American community. African-Americans are getting the disease at higher rates than other racial groups and we are dying at a higher rate, as well. See this Indianapolis Recorder story to learn more. The Greater Indianapolis NAACP is working with our community allies to address the issues that are causing this problem. We can all play a part by staying home as much as possible.
As a reminder, human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
Rarely, fecal contamination.
The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to:
Wear a mask when you are in public places.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a 60% OR HIGHER alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.