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Indiana Sort Of Presses Pause On Reopening Plan Amid Some Worsening Numbers

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Indiana will largely press pause on its reopening plan instead of moving to the final phase this weekend.

The state was set to enter Stage 5, which imposed virtually no restrictions on store and restaurant capacities or gathering sizes.

Instead, Holcomb said current capacity and gathering limits will remain for another two weeks.

“This gives all of us a little more additional time to manage our way through this,” Holcomb said.

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Holcomb said he’s pressing pause because of recent upticks in hospitalization rates and the percentage of Hoosiers testing positive for the virus.

“It’s a very volatile environment out there around the country and it is in the state of Indiana, as well,” Holcomb said. “We’re not immune to that fact.”

However, in what Holcomb calls “Stage 4.5,” fairs, festivals, carnivals and conventions will be allowed to reopen for the first time, provided they follow some COVID-19 safety precautions.

Elkhart County must remain in the current reopening phase, Stage 4.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.