Health department clarifies stay-home order

From Local Sources

JASPER — The Dubois County Health Department clarified in a news release this morning some of the guidelines that are part of Gov. Eric Holcomb's two-week State at Home Order, which goes into effect Wednesday and lasts through April 7.

The order mandates residents to remain in their homes, except for necessary work, taking care of others, obtaining essential supplies and services, for health and safety, and for outdoor activity while maintaining social distancing.

"This order does include withholding from visiting family and friends, unless a family member needs medical or other essential assistance, such as adequate food supply," the county health department press release says.

It adds that essential businesses and services may remain open at this time. These businesses and services are encouraged to promote health and safety to customers and employees, such as but not limited to restricting hours and social distancing policies.

Non-essential businesses must cease operations for the duration of the governor’s order.

"Staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community," according to the news release. "If this order is not followed, the Indiana State Police will impose local law enforcement to enforce this order. The Indiana State Department of Health and the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission will enforce restaurant and bar restrictions."

For complete information on Holcomb’s executive order, in addition to explanation of essential and non-essential businesses, visit

Indiana has opened a call center, the Critical Industries Hotline, to help guide businesses and industries with the executive order. You can contact the Critical Industries Hotline at 877-820-0890 or by emailing This call center is for business and industry questions only.

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