Government Updates

Government Updates

Friday, 5/1: Holcomb unveiled his 5 stage program to open the state back up starting May 4th. 

Stage 2 starting on May 4 will allow:
-Social gatherings of up to 25 people, still observing social distancing guidelines.
-Restaurants may allow 50% capacity starting Monday, May 11
-Retail and Commercial and businesses may also allow 50% capacity starting May 4
-Salons, tattoo parlors, spas and the like may open by appointment only starting May 11
-Employees are encouraged to work continue to work remotely if at all possible.
-Places of worship may open starting May 8
**PLEASE NOTE: During Stage 2, Hoosiers are expected to follow all social distancing guidelines. At-risk populations are still encouraged to self-quarantine for their safety.
The goal is to have the state fully open by July 4, but all dates are subject to change.

Visit: to get complete details of all the stages to get Indiana back on track. 

Friday, 4/17: Holcomb extends "Stay At Home" executive order to May 1

During his daily public address on Friday, April 17, Gov. Eric Holcomb stated that he will extend the "Stay At Home" Executive Order to Friday, May 1. Holcomb also stated that there will be some additional revisions to the executive order when he signs it on Monday, April 20.

In the meantime, according to Holcomb, the state is consulting with various departments and sectors around the state to start developing plans for a "safe re-open," to ensure Indiana can open back up for business as soon as it is healthy and safe to do so. 


Monday, 4/13: IRS to begin dispersion of Economic Impact Payments

Following the passage of the CARES Act, the IRS has stated that it intends to start rolling out the first round of Economic Impact Payments (commonly referenced as federal stimulus checks) soon. 

Federal Stimulus Package aka Economic Impact Payments

Congress has successfully passed the CARES Act, which includes language that approves the dispersion of federal stimulus checks, or Economic Impact Payments, to United States citizens. The U.S. Department of Internal Revenue Service will begin to disperse these funds soon and have released helpful information to inform citizens of if/when they will receive a federal stimulus check and how much money that check will be worth.

According to the IRS:
  • U.S. residents will receive the Economic Impact Payment of $1,200 for individual or head of household filers, and $2,400 for married filing jointly if they are not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work-eligible Social Security number
    • $500 per child will also be awarded to each household
  • In order to receive the full amount, adjusted gross income (AGI) for the household must be:
    • $75,000 for individuals
    • $112,500 for the head of household filers and
    • $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns
  • Taxpayers will receive a reduced payment if their AGI is between:
    • $75,000 and $99,000 if their filing status was single or married filing separately
    • 112,500 and $136,500 for the head of household
    • $150,000 and $198,000 if their filing status was married filing jointly
How to ensure you receive your payment:
  • No additional action is needed by taxpayers who have already filed their tax returns this year for 2019. The IRS will use this information to calculate the payment amount.
  • For taxpayers that haven’t filed yet for 2019, but filed a 2018 federal tax return, the IRS will use their information from 2018 tax filings to make the Economic Impact Payment calculations.

Additional information and FAQs can be found on the IRS' Economic Impact Payment Information Center.

Answers to FAQs regarding the payments can also be directed to the IRS' Economic Impact Payments Information Center.


Friday, 4/3: Holcomb set to extend "Stay At Home" executive order

On Friday, April 3, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that he intends to extend Executive Order 20-08, better known as the "Stay At Home" Executive Order. The original order was set to expire on Monday, April 6, allowing Hoosiers to start their return to normalcy. In light of the growing number of cases of COVID-19 in Indiana as well as nationwide, Holcomb advised that the executive order would be extended to April 20.

Holcomb has stated that he has opted to address the quarantine order on a bi-weekly basis to allow him and other state officials to re-evaluate often and change course if need be.

Read Executive Order 20-08 here.


Thursday, 4/2: Holcomb signs order closing schools for the remainder of the school year

During a press conference on Thursday, April 2, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that all schools K-12 in Indiana would continue to do remote or "e-learning" days for the rest of the school year. As noted in Executive Order 20-16, schools will only be required to complete 160 total school days as opposed to the traditional 180.  The executive order also discusses teacher licensing processes and other educational matters.


Wednesday, 4/1: SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Indiana Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Indiana small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations (CARES) Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Eric J. Holcomb on March 17, 2020.

SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process.

Monday, 3/23: Gov. Eric Holcomb Signs "Stay At Home" Executive Order

On Monday, March 23, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb addressed the state and outlined the next steps the State of Indiana must take regarding COVID-19.
Per Executive Order 20-08, as of Tuesday, March 24, people are asked to stay at home unless they are going to work or doing an "essential activity" such as caring for someone else, buying necessary food and supplies and/or seeking medical attention. Holcomb asks for people to stay home and work remotely if possible until Tuesday, April 7.
Operations at the state level will continue, but there will be restricted access to state and government buildings until April 7.
Also, as a reminder to our local restaurants and bars, the carry-out only policy is still in effect. Any business violating this policy is at risk of losing their food and beverage license. In light of these changing times, laws regarding carry-out alcohol sales have also been relaxed.

For more information and updates from Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb regarding state mandates and recommendations pertaining to COVID-19 visit

Questions regarding COVID-19, how to protect yourself and your loved ones, and how the Stay At Home executive order impacts you can be directed to the state's comprehensive FAQ page.

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