Monroe County’s new COVID-19 health order on reopening: Will local officials eat their own cooking?

A new COVID-19 health order issued on Thursday by Monroe County’s health officer Thomas Sharp goes into effect starting Saturday, May 16.

In broad strokes, it puts the county in Stage 2 of Indiana governor Eric Holcomb’s “Back on Track” plan announced on May 1, with a key difference: Monroe County will stay in Stage 2 an extra week compared to the governor’s plan—that is, through May 31.

One effect of the county’s order is that restaurants can open for dine-in services, at 50 percent capacity. Another effect is that barbers and hairstylists can also open for business. Any business that opens has to follow guidelines in the governor’s order. Continue reading “Monroe County’s new COVID-19 health order on reopening: Will local officials eat their own cooking?”

Monroe County health department: Decision on extension of May 15 stay-at-home order to use science and data plus questions and reasoning

Based on Indiana governor Eric Holcomb’s “Back on Track” order issued on May 1, as soon as this Monday (May 11), it would have been possible to sit and drink a pint at restaurants in Bloomington and elsewhere in Monroe County.

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The restaurants would have needed to limit the number of customers to 50 percent of capacity.

But on the same day that Holcomb announced his phased-in reopening plan, local officials announced an order from Monroe County’s health officer saying that conditions from the existing stay-at-home order would remain in place through May 15. That means for a little while longer, Monroe County residents will be eating and drinking at home.

How much longer? And when will a decision be made on a possible extension of the county’s order past May 15?

At last Friday’s press conference, county health administrator Penny Caudill said, “We can’t make it too early, but we do want to make it as early as we can, to give people a chance to plan. But we also have to follow the information and the data.”

Caudill said public health decisions are “based on science and data, but they’re not based on those things without questions and reasoning.” Continue reading “Monroe County health department: Decision on extension of May 15 stay-at-home order to use science and data plus questions and reasoning”

Monroe goes slow: COVID-19 measures stay in place for two more weeks, as other parts of the state start opening on May 4

2020-05-01 MCHO Screen Shot 2020-05-01 at 5.33.59 PMIn a COVID-19 public health order signed by Monroe County’s health officer Thomas Sharp on Friday,  a stay-at-home directive was put in place for Monroe County’s residents that lasts until May 15.

Other features of Friday’s Monroe County order include a prohibition on restaurant dine-in service.

That means for another two weeks, life for Monroe County’s residents will look the same as it has under Indiana governor Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order over the last month and a half.

So Monroe County will be going slower than most of the rest of the state, based on Indiana governor Eric Holcomb’s revised order, issued earlier in the afternoon on Friday. Continue reading “Monroe goes slow: COVID-19 measures stay in place for two more weeks, as other parts of the state start opening on May 4”