Governor Eric Holcomb announced at a press conference Friday, May 1 that most of Indiana’s counties moved to Stage 2 of five stages to reopen Indiana on Monday, May 4. Marion and Lake, the two most populous counties, will begin Stage 2 on May 11 to ensure new testing and contact tracing programs are up and running. Cass County, which recently had an outbreak, may start Stage 2 May 18 to make sure they don’t overwhelm the health care system.

Beginning Monday, May 4, social gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed.

Other changes towards reopening include:

• Retail businesses may reopen at 50% capacity

• Restaurants and bars may reopen on May 11 at 50% capacity

• However, bar seating was ordered to remain closed

•Lifting the essential travel ban

•State offices to reopen to limited interactions with the public

•Industries that were deemed non-essential can reopen

•Shopping malls may reopen with 50% capacity

•Hair Salons, barbershops, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors may reopen on May 11, by appointment only

•Office-setting jobs are encouraged to continue working from home

•Starting May 8 for all counties, all worshiping services may continue following strict social distancing guidelines.

Gov. Holcomb said if the numbers continue to improve, Indiana will enter "Stage 3" on May 24:

•At-risk people can venture out cautiously

•Social gatherings of up to 100 people

•Pools, playgrounds, campgrounds and gyms may open with restrictions

•Those who may work remotely should continue to do so

•Retail stores and malls can move to 75% capacity

•Movie theaters can move to 50% capacity

Then, if Indiana is still improving, on June 14, Gov. Holcomb said Indiana will enter into "Stage 4,"

•Face coverings are optional

•Zoos and museums can open at 50% capacity

•Social gatherings of up to 200 people

•Large venues may open with social distancing guidelines in place

•State offices will open to the public

•Retail stores and malls may open to full capacity with social distancing guidelines

Finally, Indiana is forecasted to make it to "Stage 5" by July 4:

•Fairs, festivals and sporting events resume

•Retail and restaurants may operate at full capacity

•Restrictions will be lifted at amusement parks and water parks

For more details the state has opened a website backontrack.in.gov