INDIANAPOLIS (WOWO): Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday that the state will be under a mandatory mask order beginning Monday, July 27.
Holcomb signed an executive order on Friday. You can view the full text here. It is in effect until at least Aug. 26. However, local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.
Masks or face coverings will be required for anyone 8 or older in public, including public outdoor areas, public transportation and when socially distancing is not possible.
Masks will be mandatory for all students in third grade and above. This includes faculty, staff, volunteers and others who may be in school for any activity.
The order will have exceptions for medical purposes, exercising and eating and drinking.
Initially, the governor said that not wearing a mask where it is required would be a class B misdemeanor. However, that is no longer the case.
Holcomb says it was expected that cases would increase when the state opened back up.
The governor adds “the simple act of covering our faces, as odd as it may feel, can help us prevent the transmission of the virus.”