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Here's where you still need to wear a mask in Indianapolis

Here's where you still need to wear a mask in Indianapolis


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The Indianapolis City-County Council ended the mask mandate for people who have been fully vaccinated. The changes took effect Tuesday, but don’t throw out those masks just yet — some settings still require them.

While Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb repealed the statewide mask mandate in April, leaving guidance on face coverings up to local governments, Marion County is one of the last counties in the state to consider easing the mask mandate. The rollback comes almost a year after the public health order was first put into place.

Unvaccinated people will still be required to mask up, though the health department has already said it will not “police” people to wear face coverings.

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This is where you still need to wear a mask in Indianapolis, even if you are fully vaccinated: 

Hospitals and health care facilities

Fully vaccinated Hoosiers will still be required to wear a mask in a health care setting, including hospitals, doctor’s offices and other medical facilities.


In accordance with federal guidelines, travelers are required to wear a mask or face covering at the Indianapolis International Airport, both while in the facility and while on the flight.

Public transportation

In order to ride IndyGo or other public transportation, patrons must wear a mask or face covering.

People must also wear a mask while using a ride-sharing service, such as Lyft or Uber.

The federal Department of Transportation’s mask mandate for face coverings on public transport expires Sept. 13.

Local municipal buildings and circuit courts

Some local government buildings, such as the City-County Building, will still require visitors to wear masks, even if they have been fully vaccinated. The Marion County Public Health Department will also require all visitors to wear masks on all its properties, despite vaccination status.

Visitors to Marion County Superior courts, small claims courts and circuit courts must wear a mask due to heightened levels of COVID-19 transmission within the court system, according to a health department news release.

Employees of the Marion County court system must wear a mask if they work in a shared space or work directly with the public, despite vaccination status.

Businesses that require masks

Many major retailers, including Target, Kroger, Meijer and Aldi, have lifted the mask requirement for fully vaccinated customers. However, other businesses may still require patrons to wear masks, even if they have been fully vaccinated.

Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allowing vaccinated people to go mask-free includes exceptions for businesses.

“Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance,” the CDC’s website said.

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Published at Tue, 08 Jun 2021 23:08:13 +0000