Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Health Information

Stage 5: Back On Track Indiana  Sept 26 - Oct 17

A new normal requiring vigilance by Hoosiers in order to maintain

Stage 5 - Key components summarized:

  • Face Coverings required for all Hoosiers, unless applicable exemption
  • Maintain Social Distancing
  • High Risk and Vulnerable urged to self-protect from exposure including limiting long trips
  • All Businessesmust develop COVID-Response plans
    • Employers comply with IOSHA standards to prevent the exposure or spread of disease 
    • Compliance with social distancing requirements established by the CDC, including maintain six feet social distancing for both employees and members of the general public when possible and/or employing other separation measures such as wearing face coverings or using barriers when social distancing is not possible.
  • Restaurants and bars that offer food service the following requirements
    • All patrons must remain seated while consuming food and/or drink or when otherwise remaining on the premises; and
    • seating must be arranged and maintained so that individuals, households, or parties are spaced at least 6' apart from any other individuals, household or party.
    • Self serve beverage stations are permitted and self-service food stations (buffets, salad bars, etc.) are permitted but not recommended unless a staff member serves patrons
  • Size limitations removed on social gatherings and meetings
    • Events of more than 500 people must submit a written plan
    • Indoor and outdoor venues open at full capacity, maintaining mask and social distancing
  • Senior centers and congregate nutrition sites may reopen according to Family and Social Service Administration guidance.

Hoosiers are encouraged to continue to take self protective measures including avoiding large crowds, gatherings, events, or locations where others prevent self protective measures from being effective.

Full Executive Order and Industry Guidance can be found on Back on Track Indiana Website:

CDC Preventive Measures

The Hamilton County Health Department follows the established recommendations established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Indiana State Department of Health.  Please use following these recommendations to protect yourself and others from transmitting this virus.  

COVID Public Health Plans for Special Events

The Hamilton County Health Department is assisting in the review of COVID Safety Plans for special events and gatherings larger than 500 people.   The Health Department has established a plan review team to review plans based on the criteria set forth in the state Executive Orders. Please use the Event Contact Form for submitting contact information and attaching a COVID public Health Safety Plans.  

The health department has established an email for special event organizer questions.

Hamilton County Food Pantries

Our public health partner,  Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank has provided and updated list of food pantries to help families know where, when, and what they need to do to find food in Hamilton County during these extreme times.    All of the pantries listed have consented to being included on this public resource.   Additions/updates will be provided by Hamilton County harvest,  questions can be emailed to

See full list of Hamilton County Food Pantries (PDF)