Indiana’s governor re-extended the state’s mask mandate, but Floyd County in southern Indiana is taking it a step further.The Floyd County Health Officer announced Monday that the facial covering mandate will remain in effect through the end of the year.Officials said despite an improvement in the overall index rates of illness, they’ve seen spikes as Indiana removes more restrictions and they are hoping to mitigate that.”To protect public health and simply save lives, restrictions must be extended to assist in the reduction of COVID-19 transmission, and avoid an increase in new cases,” a news release states.It will officially expire at midnight on Dec. 31. The Floyd County Health Department said it could be extended again pending COVID-19 conditions.Officials said all people must wear a facial covering over their nose and mouth when they are at: An indoor area open to the public including public transportation A private indoor or outdoor area where a social distance of six (6) feet from individuals outside their households cannot be maintained An outdoor public area where a social distance of six (6) feet from individuals outside their household cannot be maintained An enclosed public space or place of business. “This will protect public health in Floyd County. Nothing in this order reduces or eliminates the requirements imposed by the executive orders by Gov. Holcomb or orders from other regulating governmental agencies. This order is intended to be used to educate, encourage, and persuade people to wear facial coverings,” the health department said in a news release.Currently, Indiana’s mask mandate will expire on Nov. 14. But it has been extended before and could be extended again. The state is currently in stage 5 of its “Back on Track” plan, which allows restaurants, bars, fitness centers and more to operate at full capacity.

Indiana’s governor re-extended the state’s mask mandate, but Floyd County in southern Indiana is taking it a step further.

The Floyd County Health Officer announced Monday that the facial covering mandate will remain in effect through the end of the year.

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Officials said despite an improvement in the overall index rates of illness, they’ve seen spikes as Indiana removes more restrictions and they are hoping to mitigate that.

“To protect public health and simply save lives, restrictions must be extended to assist in the reduction of COVID-19 transmission, and avoid an increase in new cases,” a news release states.

It will officially expire at midnight on Dec. 31. The Floyd County Health Department said it could be extended again pending COVID-19 conditions.

Officials said all people must wear a facial covering over their nose and mouth when they are at:

  • An indoor area open to the public including public transportation
  • A private indoor or outdoor area where a social distance of six (6) feet from individuals outside their households cannot be maintained
  • An outdoor public area where a social distance of six (6) feet from individuals outside their household cannot be maintained
  • An enclosed public space or place of business.

“This will protect public health in Floyd County. Nothing in this order reduces or eliminates the requirements imposed by the executive orders by Gov. Holcomb or orders from other regulating governmental agencies. This order is intended to be used to educate, encourage, and persuade people to wear facial coverings,” the health department said in a news release.

Currently, Indiana’s mask mandate will expire on Nov. 14. But it has been extended before and could be extended again.

The state is currently in stage 5 of its “Back on Track” plan, which allows restaurants, bars, fitness centers and more to operate at full capacity.

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