Indiana governor keeps mask order, drops other coronavirus limits

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MUNSTER, Ind. — Indiana’s statewide mask order will continue for another three weeks under a new order the governor announced even as he has faced public discontent over coronavirus restrictions amid his reelection campaign.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb said Wednesday he would be dropping most other limits on businesses and crowd sizes as of Saturday as part of Stage 5 of Indiana’s reopening plan.

The mask order will be extended until Oct. 17. Holcomb said those restrictions could be removed because the state has seen progress in recent weeks in slowing the coronavirus spread.

In Stage 5, all businesses, including restaurants, bars, nightclubs and gyms, can reopen at full capacity.

The owner of Johnny’s Tap in Munster is happy to hear the recent announcement from the governor.

“It’s been rough,” Harry Koester said. “I’m glad we’re going 100%.”

But not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. Resident Mona Callahan feels given Indiana recently had its highest one-day case count earlier this month, the governor should have waited.

“This is our favorite place,” said Callahan. “We live down the block. They have a patio, but now if all these people start coming again, I’m really nervous about it.”

Stage 5 goes into effect on Saturday.

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