Indiana – Coronavirus State Actions

Governors are working closely with federal and local officials as well as private sector partners to address the threat of the novel coronavirus. This page lists select actions taken to date. It is not intended to be exhaustive but is meant to highlight key actions and resources that may inform other states and territories as they prepare for and respond to the novel coronavirus. All state actions can be viewed here, or visit Coronavirus: What You Need To Know for additional information and resources.


Indiana State Department of Health coronavirus resource page.

  • March 6, 2020—Governor Holcomb signed an executive order declaring a public health emergency to increase coordination across all levels of government in the state’s response 
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Holcomb initiated several actions on March 12, including requiring that that non-essential gatherings be limited to 250 people, schools provide a 20-day waiver of the required 180 days of instructions, nursing homes restrict and screen visitors, and daycare facilities implement social distancing practices. The Indiana Department of Corrections has suspended visitation at all facilities. Those who run senior centers and congregate meal services are advised to consider suspending congregate meals and services and arrange for home delivery. The Governor is also encouraging businesses to utilize telework policies, if available. 
  • March 13, 2020 – The Governor announced additional steps the state is taking to assist with its COVID-19 response:
    • All state agencies are evaluating rules and regulations that should be suspended or modified to assist Hoosiers during this public emergency.
    • The Family Social Services Administration has asked federal officials to approve a request to temporarily waive the renewal process for Hoosiers who need SNAP or TANF benefits.
    • State officials are collaborating with the Indiana Department of Education to discuss solutions regarding student assessments and meals for children whose schools have closed.
  • March 16 – The Governor announced the following updates regarding COVID-19: 
    • Indiana will adhere to CDC guidance for large events and mass gatherings. The guidance recommends canceling or postponing in-person events of more than 50 people during the next eight weeks. 
    • Under the current guidance for schools, 273 public school districts are closed, using e-learning days, or on spring break and have announced a future closure. The Department of Education is working with the remaining 16 school corporations to determine their next steps and needs. 
    • Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are required to close to in-person patrons and may provide take-out and delivery services through the end of March. 
    • Hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers should cancel and/or postpone elective and non-urgent surgical procedures immediately. 
    • The state’s Emergency Operations Center has been raised to a Level 1 status and will work in conjunction with the incident command center at the Indiana State Department of Health for planning, coordination, predictive analysis and other functions. 
    • State employees will maximize the use of remote work and meet virtually whenever possible while maintaining operations. Non-essential in-person meetings will be limited to 10 persons or less and should meet virtually whenever possible. High-risk individuals should not attend meetings in person. 
    • State employees over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions are advised to work from home, and agencies should identify work that can be accomplished remotely for those individuals. 
    • The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) suspended rules requiring certain unemployment insurance claimants to physically appear at a Work One location to engage in reemployment services for the next four weeks. The DWD will also request flexibility under federal and state law to expand eligibility for claimants and ease burdens on employers. 
    • The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will postpone the inaugural Indiana Global Economic Summit, scheduled for April 26-28. 
    • Communities are encouraged to work together to provide child care options for all who need assistance and delivery services of meals and other necessities for senior citizens. 
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor and the Indiana State Department of Health announced a new partnership with Eli Lilly and Company, with support from the Food and Drug Administration, to accelerate testing in Indiana for COVID-19.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor requested the U.S. Small Business Administration issue an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration to support small businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak in Indiana.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor announced that all Indiana public schools are now closed and are using alternative learning options like e-learning.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor took the following actions:
    • Extended the current state of emergency for an additional 30 days.
    • Ordered all K-12 school to remain closed until May 1. Private schools are also ordered closed.
    • Coordinated with the U.S. Department of Education to receive federal waivers needed to cancel the requirements for accountability, chronic absenteeism and state-mandated assessments.
    • Aligned with the federal government for the collection date of state income tax.
    • Halted several capital projects that would have used $300 million from the state’s reserves.
    • Prohibited utilities from cutting off services.
    • Prohibited evictions from residential homes and communities.
    • Ordered the state Insurance Commissioner to request health insurers to cover COVID-19 testing costs and to not increase prices or coverage costs for medical care for COVID-19.
    • Ordered the DMV to limit the number of in-branch transactions.
    • Eased licensure requirements for health care professionals and promoted tele-health support.
    • Relaxed requirements for veterans to qualify for awards under the Military Relief Fund.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced that Indiana will move its primary election from May 5th to June 2nd.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order requiring residents to stay at home, unless they are engaging in essential activities including: Activities for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and taking care of others
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order that ceases in-person dining.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order allowing restaurants that have a liquor permit to conduct the sale of alcohol for carryout/delivery.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor announced the following actions:
    • The Indiana State Department of Education (DOE) and Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) have teamed to encourage school corporations in Indiana to open schools on a limited basis to provide childcare services for emergency workers.
    • Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced Community Development Block Grant funds may be redirected to assist with COVID-19 needs based on guidance from the United States Housing and Urban Development.
  • March 25, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Indiana’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Indiana to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, forgo certain pre-admission screening and annual resident review assessments, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, and extend fair hearing  and appeals timelines.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor announced incarcerated individuals at the Miami Correctional Facility are producing face masks, personal protection gowns, face shields and hand sanitizer to be used in the fight against COVID-19.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced the following actions:
    • Signed an executive order that removes all regulatory barriers to prepare for surge capacity and allow for authorized medical professionals to practice, including students and those who have retired.
    • Sent a letter to issue disaster relief for Indiana
  • March 31, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order extending the carry-out only order for restaurants and bars through April 6th.
  • March 31, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order with the following provisions:
    • Lottery winners will be given an additional 60 days to claim prizes
    • Indian Horse Racing Rules will be suspended
    • The Alumni Trustee Election for Indiana University will be postponed
  • April 3, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order concerning remote education for K-12 school for the remainder of the year, graduation requirements, and the extension of the renewal/expiration date of teacher’s licenses.
  • April 3, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order extending the public health emergency and stay-at-home order through April 20.
  • April 6, 2020 – The Governor announced the following actions:
    • Essential businesses are being directed to limit their store hours and limit the number of patrons in stores to comply with social distancing, as well as being encouraged to have specific hours for at-risk and elderly patrons.
    • All gatherings, public or private, of 10 or more people will continue to be prohibited.
    • Campgrounds are closed, including at state parks. People living in RVs with no other place to go can stay there.
    • The sale of firearms and ammunition will not be restricted.
  • April 7, 2020 – The Governor emphasized in a press conference that people should not be crossing state lines for pleasure or leisure, and the state will make more stringent policies if needed.
  • April 7, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order allowing retired healthcare workers to receive temporary licenses to practice in the state, allow home health agencies to accept written orders for home health services, and other provisions.
  • April 8, 2020 – The Governor announced the following updates and actions in a press conferences:
    • Cautioned citizens not to have large Easter gatherings
    • The state has exhausted its federal stockpile of personal protective equipment
    • There were 133,600 unemployment claims to date
    • There had been 214 complaints and 80 citations to businesses not following his essential business order.
  • April 9, 2020 – The Governor issued guidance for places of worship.
  • April 10, 2020 – The Governor announced a task force to plan, administer and account for federal relief funds the state of Indiana receives from the CARES Act.
  • April 10, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order to waive education requirements that cannot be met due to school buildings being closed.
  • April 10, 2020 – The Governor announced the following items in a press conference:
    • the Indiana Economic Relief and Recovery Team will plan, administer and account for relief funds for state and local government, businesses and individuals
    • $2.4 billion from the U.S. Treasury Coronavirus Relief Fund will be used towards costs the state incurred from March-December 2020
    • $500 million from the CARES Act will be allocated to K-12 and higher education programs
    • 12,000 Indianans have joined the volunteer health care registry
  • April 13, 2020 – The Governor announced that the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) has secured commitments for more than 2.6 million pieces of PPE, with more than 1.9 million items being made by 15 Indiana manufacturers.
  • April 13, 2020 – The Governor announced Indiana businesses across the state are answering the call to support the COVID-19 response effort. The state’s manufacturers are leveraging their resources, supply chains and Hoosier workers to produce personal protection equipment (PPE) for health care providers.
  • April 13, 2020 – The Governor announced the following items at a press conference:
    • He will revisit the state’s stay-at-home order on Friday, April 17th and adjust as necessary
    • Indicated that models are demonstrating an upcoming surge of cases
  • April 14, 2020 – The Governor announced that the easing of restrictions and re-opening of certain sectors in Indiana will not happen all at once but will happen in waves.
  • April 14, 2020 – The Governor announced that if a healthcare worker or a first responder has someone symptomatic in their home, they can have those people tested at ISDH drive-thru testing centers.
  • April 15, 2020 – The Governor announced that he would be making decisions end the stay-at-home order based on what is occurring throughout the state and region.
  • April 16, 2020 – The Governor has joined a partnership with 6 other states in the region (Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Kentucky) to develop a plan for reopening the region economy.
  • April 17, 2020 – The Governor announced that the stay-at-home order would be extended to May 1st.
  • April 20, 2020 – The Governor further clarified aspects of his stay-at-home order include items related to reopening of businesses:
    • As long as sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE), staff and other supplies are available for the COVID-19 response, hospitals should conduct medically necessary procedures, such as those determining cancer diagnosis and cardiac issues, respiratory procedures, and procedures to reduce significant pain or symptoms making quality of life unacceptable.
      • Any restrictions involving medical procedures will be evaluated every seven days for appropriate and timely modifications that could be implemented.
    • Permitted outdoor activity as described in the executive order includes yard work, gardening, planting and landscaping at residential, commercial and industrial properties and farms.
      • Nurseries and garden centers may be open for business as long as they limit the number of customers in their facility at any given time to achieve the Centers for Disease Control’s required social distancing, limit their hours of operation and consider implementing separate operating hours for the elderly and other vulnerable customers, and comply with the social distancing, sanitation and other mitigation measure to protect its employees and the public.
    • Pet grooming at a pet salon, store or mobile unit is permitted.
  • April 21, 2020 – The Governor eased restrictions on hospitals from performing elective surgeries.
  • April 22, 2020 – The Governor announced that the state will send a “testing strike team” to Tama County to help control an outbreak of COVID-19 at a long-term care facility.
  • April 23, 2020 – The Governor and his staff announced the following:
    • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized home collection tests that will be available in most states via doctor’s order in the coming weeks.
    • The state has purchased 50,000 swabs for use in testing. Eli Lilly and Co. donated 32,000, the Federal Emergency Management Agency provided 20,000 and 4,000 have been donated.
    • The state is partnering with the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health on a study regarding antibodies showing past COVID-19 infection. Participants will be chosen from a list of tax filers and their dependents.
  • April 23, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order outlining several measures, including:
    • Extending the deadline for business personal property tax returns.
    • Suspending the 5-year limitation on business reinstatement and the requirements for a business to submit a certificate of clearance when applying, allowing them to qualify for seeking federal assistance programs.
    • Allowing corporations registered in Indiana to hold remote board meetings via notification to its shareholders.
    • Expediting unemployment insurance claims adjudication
  • April 24, 2020 – The Governor stated he is not considering extending the state’s stay at home order until the end of May. He said he is focusing on May 1 and will continue to operate in two and three-week increments.
  • April 24, 2020 – The Governor signed and executive order to allow health care providers and facilities to resume elective medical procedures provided they have sufficient quantities of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and consult the best practices and recommendations developed by their medical associations or industries.
  • April 24, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order to speed up the review of unemployment insurance claim appeals during the fight against COVID-19.
  • April 25, 2020 – The Governor announced that the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) has secured commitments for more than 6.3 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE). Of these, more than 2.9 million items, including face masks, face shields, gloves, gowns, goggles and bottles of hand sanitizer, are being made and sourced by 18 Indiana manufacturers.
  • April 27, 2020 – The Governor announced that the Family and Social Services Administration has launched a new website, BeWellIndiana.org, that will provide free mental health resources that have been vetted by experts. The site is designed to help with the increase in anxiety, depression and other mental health issues caused by the pandemic, including both first-time issues as well as pre-existing mental health concerns.
  • April 27, 2020 – The Governor announced that twelve safe recovery sites have been established to help people who are recovering from COVID-19 and also experiencing homelessness.
  • April 27, 2020 – The Governor announced the following items regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP):
    • 400,000 Indiana children will receive additional benefits on their existing SNAP cards as part of SNAP-Pandemic EBT benefits, or will receive cards for the first time.
    • In mid-May, grocery delivery will be available for those receiving SNAP benefits.
  • April 27, 2020 – The Governor announced that essential workers seeking childcare options should contact Bright Futures Indiana.
  • April 28, 2020 – The Governor announced that OptumServe Health Services would be opening sites across Indiana in the next seven days to begin large-scale testing.
  • April 28, 2020 – The Department of Health announced that 3,700 people have signed up for a study conducted by the state and Indiana University public health researchers. The study will test 5,000 to 7,000 randomly chosen people in four phases over the next year.
  • April 28, 2020 – The Department of Health announced that a strike team tested all employees at a Tyson plant in Cass County, where there was an outbreak of the coronavirus.
  • April 29, 2020 – The Governor announced the state is partnering with Maximus to centralize contact tracing and investigations for Indianans who test positive for COVID-19.
  • April 29, 2020 – The Health Commissioner announced Kroger will launch free drive-thru testing in Fort Wayne on Thursday and plans to open a site in Marion County.
  • April 29, 2020 – The Governor announced the state has acquired a critical care decontamination system that will allow health care providers to conserve N95 masks by sending them off to be professionally decontaminated. The masks can be decontaminated up to 20 times.
  • April 29, 2020 – The Health Commissioner announced that a centralized contact tracing system will begin May 11. All positive patients and close contacts will be asked to contact a call center. The center will complete initial phone interviews. If a person does not contact the center, the center will contact them. The center will also send daily texts or emails to monitor a person’s symptoms.
  • April 30, 2020 – The Workforce Development Commissioner stated that a person who is out of work due to COVID-19 must return to work if called back to remain eligible for benefits. Not returning could be considered a “refusal to work” and potentially disqualify claimants. If the person returns to work but works a reduced number of hours, they can still file for partial benefits. Further, the commissioner clarified that the workforce department does not regulate workplaces, but that it will evaluate on a case by case basis every claim that comes in. If a person claims the employer’s place is unfit, the department will consider that as part of a refusal to work determination.
  • May 1, 2020 – The Governor announced the Back On Track Indiana plan to safely open the economy and remain vigilant about protecting health and wellbeing. The state will move to reopen while continuing to monitor and respond to these four guiding principles:
    • The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days;
    • The state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators;
    • The state retains its ability to test all individuals who are COVID-19 symptomatic as well as health care workers, first responders, and frontline employees; and,
    • Health officials have systems in place to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and expand contact tracing.
  • May 4, 2020 — The Indiana Retired Teachers Association set up a hotline to assist students and parents each weekday from 1-5 p.m.
  • May, 4 2020 – The Governor announced that Indiana is working closely with counties in Kentucky regarding the state’s reopening procedures.
  • May 8, 2020 – The State Health Commissioner stated the state has received an initial shipment of Remdesivir, shipped to a state hotspot. Remdesivir is an antiviral medication that has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to be used with COVID-19 patients.
  • May 8, 2020 – The Office of Management and Budget stated that Indiana missed its revenue projections by 6 percent ($70 million), which offset the revenues from the previous eight months.
  • May 8, 2020 – Indiana has made $119 million in payments to 57,000 claimants through the state’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program
  • May 8, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order that included:
    • Encourages the hiring of poll workers by prohibiting the that the stipend poll workers receive from qualifying as deductible income for those receiving unemployment benefits
    • The extension of Waiver of Late Fees and Penalties by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles
    • The extension of certain tax deadlines 
  • May 11, 2020 – The Governor announced that his daily press briefings on COVID-19 would be now occurring Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. Additionally, his team announced that contact tracing is now occurring on a larger scale in the state.
  • May 11, 2020 – The Governor stated that there have been over 1,400 compliance complaints submitted about businesses across the state. A total of 138 verbal warnings have been issued to businesses, and most businesses have complied after verbal warning. Only one cease and desist order has had to be issued in the state.
  • May 13, 2020 – The Indiana State Health Department Commissioner announced that 2.3 million pieces of PPE are being delivered to hospitals. Local health departments are receiving 1.3 million pieces of PPE.
  • May 13, 2020 – The Governor’s office announced they had received two shipments of Remdesivir. One shipment was delivered to a hotspot in northern Indiana. The second was sent to the state health department. Indiana will start receiving weekly shipments of the antiviral drug.
  • May 13, 2020- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Indiana’s second request for a Medicaid 1135 waiver. The waiver allows Indiana to reimburse for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) in additional settings
  • May 15, 2020 – The Indiana Economic Development Corporation announced that to date, Indiana has procured commitments for more than 16 million pieces of PPE. More than 12 million pieces have already been delivered and 20,000 orders have been received through the PPE Marketplace. 10,000 orders have been shipped, and 12,000 orders are anticipated to go out next week.
  • May 15, 2020 – The Secretary of State office announced it will supply all Indiana county election offices with PPE. The Indiana National Guard will handle distribution.
  • May 15, 2020 – The Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner said Indiana has paid out more than $1.4 million in unemployment insurance payments since March.
  • May 18, 2020 – The Governor and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced the state will fund a nearly $1 million distribution of the opioid reversal agent naloxone.
  • May 20, 2020 – The Governor announced that Indiana will begin stage 3 of its “Back on Track” plan two days ahead of schedule. Stage 3 was originally slated to begin the day before Memorial Day. The following activities may open: community pools, gyms, playgrounds, campgrounds and basketball courts (and similar facilities). Mall common areas and movie theaters will be able to open at 50% capacity, and retail stores can up capacity to 75%.
  • May 21, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order moving the state into Phase 3 of reopening.
  • May 22, 2020 — The Indiana Department of Homeland Security stated the agency’s is continuing its code enforcement arm visits businesses every day to monitor safety codes and occupancy rates.
  • May 22, 2020 – The Indiana Economic Development Corporation stated that over 20,000 bundles of personal protective equipment have been shipped to businesses through the IEDC’s marketplace. Another 15,000 are set to go out.
  • May 27, 2020 – The Governor announced the second phase of the IU School of Health Fairbanks research study will begin next week. The study found that the current statewide population prevalence rate is 2.8%, and 44.8% of those who tested positive were asymptomatic.
  • May 27, 2020 – The Family and Social Services Administration Secretary said 26% of all Medicaid mental health services from March-April of this year were provided through telehealth, as compared to 6% from March-April of last year.
  • May 27, 2020 – The Director of the Office of Budget & Management said $5 billion has been awarded to Indiana from the federal government. About $2.4 billion is for coronavirus relief.
  • May 28, 2020 – The Governor announced that he is currently working with local schools and the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) to finalize details on what the fall semester will look like for K-12 students and that schools will likely reopen in the fall.
  • May 29, 2020 – The Governor announced several new economic recovery initiatives designed to bolster critical relief efforts while encouraging long-term planning and investments to stimulate Indiana’s economy well into the future. Through these initiatives, the state will allocate nearly $44 million to provide support and resources including approximately $37 million in direct funding through grants and investments to small businesses and manufacturers.
  • June 1, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 20-29 to lift restrictions on local declarations of emergency that had been instituted as a part of the stay at home and back on track orders pertaining to COVID-19. This order allows local governments to place more stringent travel restrictions than the state has in place.
  • June 3, 2020 – The Governor announced the second phase of the Fairbanks study has started.
  • June 3, 2020 – The Indiana State Department of Health announced PPE supply chains for hospitals and suppliers have opened up, which has allowed Indiana to build its own inventory in case of a second wave of the virus in the fall.
  • June 3, 2020 – The Governor announced Indiana received $17 million in additional funding through the CARES Act for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
  • June 5, 2020 –- The Governor announced that $50 million in federal funding is being provided through the CARES Act to help Indianans get jobs. The funding will provide free access to online courses and training and will also create an online network that can connect people with career coaches. The Employer Training Grant will also be expanded, with a portion of funds dedicated to supporting minority, women and veteran-owned businesses.
  • June 10, 2020 – The Governor announced plans for the state to enter Stage 4 of reopening, which is set to begin June 14.
    • June 10, 2020 – The Governor announced that officials are still discussing whether to extend the moratorium on evictions.
    • June 10, 2020 – The Indiana Department of Health announced that the state has partnered with Eli Lilly and the Indiana Hospital Association to launch a lab testing network to increase daily testing capacity. The network will include 10 labs across the state. The network will leverage the state’s “buying power” to better compete for testing supplies.
  • June 15, 2020 – The Indiana State Department of Health announced that OptumServe testing sites will be open to anyone regardless of whether they are high-risk or symptomatic.
  • June 15, 2020 – The State Office of Management and Budget predicted that the state would be $2 billion behind its revenue forecast due to COVID-19 impacts.
  • June 15, 2020 – The Governor announced that the state COVID-19 briefings will be reduced only  once per week. 
  • June 17, 2020 – The Governor announced a 183 million increase in K-12 spending and that Indiana school corporations will get an additional $192 million out of the federal CARES Act. $61 million from the governor’s emergency fund will help with eLearning.
  • June 22, 2020 – The Governor announced that Indiana PK-12 schools and higher education institutions can now apply for a needs-based, competitive $61.6 million grant program providing funding to improve remote learning.
  • June 24, 2020 – The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority Executive Director announced a new rental assistance program will provide up to $500 a month per household for those who are unable to pay rent due to a COVID-19 related job loss. Households can qualify for up to four months of assistance, or $2,000. An estimated 12,000 household renters will be served.
  • July 1, 2020 – The Governor announced the state will modify the Back On Track Indiana plan through at least July 17. Most restrictions will stay in place, including the following:
    • Social gatherings following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines will be limited to up to 250 people. This limit applies to wedding receptions, parties, and other events where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time, particularly indoors.
    • Dining room food service may continue operations at up to 75 percent capacity as long as social distancing is observed. Bar seating in restaurants may continue operations at 50 percent capacity. Bars and nightclubs may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity as long as they adhere to social distancing guidelines.
    • Cultural, entertainment, and tourism sites may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.
    • Movie theaters, bowling alleys, and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.
    • Amusement parks, water parks and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity. Reservations are encouraged to limit the number of customers at any one time.
    • Raceways may continue operations open at 50 percent grandstand capacity