Still closed

Indiana public playgrounds have been moved to Stage 4 for reopening.

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced May 20 that the state was reopening a little bit more just in time for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.

And no more excuses. Gyms are reopening.

Holcomb said the state was moving into Stage 3 of its “Back on Track Indiana” five-stage program May 22. Stage 3 was originally set to go into effect May 24.

Also being allowed to open in Stage 3 are gyms, fitness studios and state park inns. Racetracks are allowed to open with no spectators, youth summer day camps are allowed to begin June 1.

However, the governor backtracked on the plan to reopen parks playgrounds and splashpads. They remain closed.

The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne has an alert on its website that its branches were reopening May 26, the day after Memorial Day. New branch hours have been posted on its website at www.fwymca.org/node/1151.

YMCA child care reopened May 11 at its Jorgensen, Parkview, Renaissance Pointe and Whitley County branches. Its Early Learning Centers reopened in Bluffton and Columbia City as well.

The move to Stage 3 also allows for gatherings of 100 persons. Restaurants will remain at 50% capacity and retail operations and malls can have a 75% capacity.

“We have earned the ability to continue to move forward,” Holcomb said. “People by and large have been paying attention to social distancing and wearing masks. Those things have made a difference.”

Recreational sports practices are also allowed to begin excluding contact sports of football and lacrosse.

Dr. Kristina Box, commissioner Indiana Department of Health, said the data makes us confident to move on to Stage 3.

“You deserve to go to Stage 3,” she said. “I have a little bit of a concern in moving from Stage 3 to 4.

“I have concerns and reservations about every step we take,” she added.

In moving forward, Box stressed it is still important to practice good hygiene, continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask when you are in a large group. She encourages groups of 100 people to meet outside to help protect everyone involved.

The opening of the state excludes three counties, Lake, Marion and Cass, which will be allowed to move to Stage 3 on June 1.

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