Huntington government buildings to re-open as Back on Track hits Stage 4

Huntington’s city government buildings will re-open to the public today, Monday, June 15, at 8 a.m.

Regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday will resume at that time.

The re-opening coincides with the start of Stage 4 of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s “Back on Track Indiana” plan. It was announced June 11 that Indiana would enter Stage 4 on June 12, two days earlier than previously stated.

Residents will no longer need to schedule an appointment to enter the City Building at 300 Cherry St. and the City Services Building at 634 Webster St. However, phone and e-mail remain the preferred methods of contact.

Data from the Indiana State Department of Health show the COVID-19 virus continues to spread in Huntington County, with a steady increase in the number of confirmed cases over the past several weeks alongside testing that has become more widely available, city oficials note. In all, 49 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Huntington County since March. There have been two deaths.

Social distancing guidelines will remain in place at all city government locations. Visitors to city government buildings are asked to wear masks that cover their mouth and nose, as recommended by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and wash or sanitize their hands when entering and leaving.

State government building access restrictions will also be lifted, according to the latest information available from the state on
 the Back on Track website,

Additionally, professional office building employees may resume work at full capacity, and retail stores and malls can open at full capacity, with social distancing guidelines in place.

Dining room seating at restaurants may open at 75 percent capacity, again with social distancing guidelines, and bar seating in restaurants, bars and nightclubs may open at 50 percent capacity.

Movie theaters, bowling alleys and similar facilities may open at 50 percent capacity, again adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Cultural, entertainment and tourism sites may open at a capacity to be determined. This includes zoos and museums.

Community youth and adult recreational games and leagues may resume.

Among the sites remaining closed are large events such as conventions, sports events, fairs, festivals and parades. Recreational youth contact sports activities are still to be determined, as are playgrounds.

Social gatherings of up to 250 people may take place following social distancing guidelines.

Face coverings are still recommended for the general public. Face coverings must be worn by employees at restaurants, bars and nightclubs and for personal services providers.