Indiana mask mandate ends, local orders and store policies remain

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) -Do not throw your mask away. Indiana’s statewide mask mandate becomes a mask suggestion today, but many local mask orders and of course store policies are not changing.

Indianapolis is the largest city in the state to keep its mask requirement in place. In many other communities, stores like Kroger and Walmart will continue to require masks as well. Governor Holcomb says just because the mask mandate is rolling back, that doesn’t mean that the coronavirus is conquered.

Here in Fort Wayne, the following statements were issued by Parkview, Lutheran, and Allen County Superior Courts regarding the lifting of the statewide mask mandate being dropped:

Parkview Health statement regarding Indiana mask advisory:

With the statewide mask mandate for Indiana set to expire on Tuesday, April 6, Parkview Health has released the following statement:

Parkview Health will continue to require masks in all our facilities, including the COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for healthcare providers. We appreciate everyone who continues to follow our universal masking policies for the safety of our patients, visitors and co-workers.

Additionally, Parkview still strongly encourages the use of masks in public settings. Until more individuals are vaccinated, masks are one of the best tools we have to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

With the state mask mandate changing on April 6, Lutheran Health Network has released the following statement:

Lutheran Health Network will continue to follow all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for COVID-19, including masking. All visitors and staff are required to wear masks inside Lutheran Health Network hospitals and clinics. All safety efforts remain in place LHN COVID-Safe Care. The community’s ongoing support is appreciated.

LHN urges all to continue wearing masks and adhering to the recommended safety measures including masking, social distancing, practicing hand hygiene, and receiving the vaccination.

Mask wearing to continue in court facilities after statewide mandate ends (Allen County Courts’ statement):

Allen Circuit, Superior Courts’ policy on mask wearing will remain unchanged for now. Allen Circuit and Superior Court facilities will continue to require the wearing of masks or facial coverings in Court facilities following the expiration on April 6 of Indiana’s statewide mask mandate.

This requirement will remain in place for now to protect everyone visiting Court facilities, including litigants, attorneys, staff and those called for jury service.

The Allen County Courts’ policy on mask wearing will remain unchanged from its current form. Anyone over the age of 2 entering the Courthouse, Meeks Justice Center, Courthouse Annex and Criminal Division Services must wear a mask or facial covering. Court staff will also continue to be required to wear masks or facial coverings outside of their personal work spaces.

Anyone coming to a Court facility without a mask will be provided with one by security staff, free of charge. Social distancing measures already in place in Court facilities, including limited courtroom seating and accommodations for jurors, will also remain in place for now.

For more on what steps about being taken to protect the public in Allen County Court facilities, click here.