Indianapolis and Marion County will celebrate Independence Day early this year. Marion will abolish all COVID-19 restrictions on July 1. That implies that restaurants, bars, gyms, hairdressers, museums, live music venues, sporting facilities, and other establishments can all open at total capacity on Thursday. Unvaccinated people can now go outside and indoors without wearing masks, according to Hogsett. Unvaccinated people, however, should continue to wear face covers and maintain social distance to protect themselves, according to health officials.
Although Indiana’s mask mandate was reduced to a mask advisory in April, Marion County, the most populous county, has had harsher regulations. Since the first week of June, vaccinated people have been allowed to enter without wearing masks. The lifting of limitations, according to Hogsett, does not mean the pandemic is over.
Delta is expected to become the dominant strain circulating here soon, according to US officials. There have been 154 cases of that strain discovered in Indiana so far, a small percentage of the roughly 5,000 cases related to variant strains. Dr. Virginia A. Caine, Marion County Public Health Department director, said that even as the county lifts restrictions, health officials will continue to contact trace every new COVID case, recommend that individuals afflicted quarantine, and keep a careful check on variants.