As the re-opening of our economy is contemplated, there are still many unanswered questions.
Below is a statement from Mayor Jim Brainard:
Cities throughout central Indiana need to coordinate re-opening and I have urged the Governor to put objective criteria in place that controls re-opening.
The criteria for re-opening must be based on data, not politics or emotion.
The criteria are as follows:
- Hospitals under 70 percent of their bed capacity to allow room for a new surge.
- To determine through testing in the general population to determine that positive Covid-19 cases do not exceed five percent.
- 14 days of declining COVID-19 hospital patients.
These criteria are based on medical advice from both local and national experts.
It does not make sense for a business on one side of 96th to be closed if a competitive business on the other side of the street is open.
Regions of the state need to work together coordinate reopening with similar data points to drive reopening dates.
Indiana is a geographically large state and different standards in some regions in different parts of the state may be appropriate.
There may be new rules in place for the foreseeable future when it comes to health and safety protocols, but we will keep you up to date on our reentry process here.