Gyms and more come back as Stage 3 starts two days early - playgrounds to stay closed

The opening of gyms and fitness centers and campgrounds are among the highlights of Stage 3 of the Back on Track Indiana plan for the re-opening of the state from the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Stage 3 began Friday, May 22, and will continue through June 13.

Playgrounds,originally on the list to come back in Stage 3, were moved back to Stage 4, which is scheduled to start June 14.

Social gatherings of up to 100 people are now allowed while social distancing guidelines are considered.

According to the plan, tennis courts, basketball courts and similar facilities may open with social distancing guidelines in place.

Gyms and fitness centers may open with restrictions. Class sizes and equipment must be spaced to accommodate social distancing, and class sizes are limited. Equipment must be cleaned after each use, and employees are required to wear face coverings.

Community pools may open according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

Campgrounds may open with social distancing limitations and sanitation precautions.

Retail stores and malls may move up to 75 percent of capacity mile maintaining social distancing.

Public libraries may re-open according to their own policies.

The plan continues to note that Hoosiers 65 and older and those with known high-risk medical conditions should limit exposure at work and in their community. Remote work should also be continued when possible. It continues to recommend face coverings.

There are no travel restrictions.

Nursing homes remain closed to visitors.

Bars and nightclubs continue to remain closed, along with cultural, entertainment and sports venues. School facilities and activities are also shut down.