Despite the efforts of individuals, organizations and governments, instances of COVID-19 are not going down. Like most states, Indiana has been gradually lifting its original Hunker Down orders with the Back-On-Track plan. Unfortunately, statistics show that instances of COVID-19 are increasing.
On Friday, July 24, 2020, Governor Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-37 mandating the use of masks in public places. Masks are required for anyone 8-years-old or older while in indoor spaces, businesses, when using public transportation or other vehicle spaces and outdoor public spaces when it’s not possible to be distanced from other people. During the announcement preceding the order, the Governor discussed the use of face coverings. Medical masks or fitted cloth masks that sit snugly against the face are most effective. Even wrapped cloths can catch some of the droplets spread by coughing or sneezing and reduce the exposure to COVID-19.
Executive Order 20-37 is effective on Monday, July 27 and lasts until August 26, 2020. It applies when “inside a business, public building, or other indoor place open to the public.” It also applies to outdoor public spaces where it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing
A simple application of the Executive Order 20-37 mandates that employees in public areas of offices should wear masks to help slow the spread of the virus. When participating in in-person conferences, masks should be recommended and should be required when social distancing is not possible. Masks can be put aside for employees working in private offices where doors can be closed and social distancing rules can be followed.
If you have any questions about Executive Order 20-37, please feel free to reach out to your Beers Mallers attorney. We will keep you posted on updates from the Governor’s office and any updates on the Indiana Back-On-Track plan.