Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that Indiana is now moving to Stage 5 of its opening amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what happens now.


Two days after Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Indiana would move to Stage 5 — the final phase of reopening — the state logged 1,195 new cases of coronavirus, as public health experts said they feared cases could rise in the wake of his decision.

Giving restaurants and bars the green light to operate at full capacity — albeit while adhering to social distancing — puts even more of an onus on individuals to do their part to stem viral spread, many public health experts agree.

Even though Holcomb also announced he would continue the state’s mask mandate, a measure that has drawn its share of critics, some may interpret the reopening announcement as a statement that they no longer have to worry so much about