Marion County institutes new pandemic-related restrictions, effective Friday

INDIANAPOLIS — Due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, Marion County will implement new pandemic-related restrictions on Friday at 5 p.m., Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Thursday.

The restrictions will prevent in-person class instruction at schools until at least Aug. 5.

They will limit social gatherings to 50 people, other than indoor religious ceremonies, which can operate at up to 50% capacity. Outdoor services can continue without restrictions.

Among other changes:

– Bars and nightclubs will close through at least Aug. 12.

– Restaurant dining rooms will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity, and all restaurants must close between midnight and 5 a.m.

– Personal services such as hair salons, nail parlors will be by appointment only.

– Gyms will be allowed to operate at 25% capacity.

– Sporting events must limit spectators to 25% of venue occupancy.