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Executive Order Summary

As announced by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, the executive order to stay home has been extended to April 20 at 11:59 p.m. All individuals must stay home except to travel for Essential Activities, Essential Government Functions, or to participate in Essential Businesses and Operations. “Essential Businesses and Operations” includes Educational Institutions, Healthcare and Public Health Operations, Human Services Operations and Essential Infrastructure as described below as well as Essential Governmental Operations such as Fire, Police, court personnel, and military.

Thus, Indiana University is legally allowed to remain open to facilitate virtual learning, to conduct critical research and to perform essential functions. We are able to determine what are the essential functions of Indiana University. Our employees may travel to work at Indiana University. However, whether an employee is legally allowed to work on campus should only be the starting point for your decision making process.

The health and safety of our faculty, staff and students and the community at large is our priority. Social distancing must be practiced to the maximum extent possible even when work on campus is necessary.

Essential activities

You may leave your home:

Essential businesses

  • Critical Labor Union Functions
  • Critical Trades Building - construction, plumbers, electricians, painters, movers, etc.
  • Educational Institutions - K-12 and higher education are allowed to remain open to deliver distance learning, perform critical research, or perform essential functions so long as social distancing of six feet per person is maintained “to the greatest extent possible”.
  • Essential Governmental Functions - First responders, law enforcement, judges, legislatures, child welfare personnel, military etc.
  • Essential Infrastructure - Construction, building management and support, solid waste and recycling, collection and removal, providing and maintaining internet, video and telecommunications systems including services provided by our global NOC.
  • Financial and Insurance Institutions
  • Food and Beverage Manufacturing, production and processing
  • Funeral Services
  • Gas Stations and Businesses Needed for Transportation - Auto supply stores, auto repair, construction equipment, bicycle shops.
  • Hardware and Supply Stores
  • Health Care and Public Health Operations - Hospitals, clinics, dental offices, pharmacies, public health entities, eye care centers, mental health and substance use providers, and other health care facilities and suppliers and providers of any related and/or ancillary healthcare services.
  • Home Based Care and Services
  • Hotels and Motels
  • Human Services Operations - Day care centers, long term health care facilities, mental health facilities, substance abuse treatment or counseling, and many governmental or not for profit agencies providing social services.
  • Laundry Services
  • Mail, Post, Shipping, Logistics, Delivery and Pick-Up Services
  • Manufacture, Distribution and Supply of Critical Products
  • Media
  • Organizations that Provide Charitable and Social Services
  • Professional Services - Legal, accounting, insurance, and real estate.
  • Religious Entities
  • Residential Facilities and Shelters
  • Restaurants for Consumption Off-Premises
  • Stores that Sell Groceries or Medicine
  • Supplies to Work from Home - Businesses that sell, manufacture or supply products needed for people to work from home.
  • Transportation

Non-essential businesses that must close

  • Barber shops
  • Fitness centers and personal training
  • Hair salons
  • Nail salons
  • Restaurants that only provide in-person dining
  • Spas
  • Tattoo parlors

Social distancing requirements

The Social Distancing Requirements include: maintaining at least six-feet of social distancing from other individuals, washing hands and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible, or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes, regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.

Essential Businesses and Operations, which includes Indiana University, must take proactive measures to ensure compliance with the Social Distance Requirements, including where possible, the following: Designate Six-Foot Distances with signage, tape or by other means, having hand-sanitizer and other sanitizing products readily available for employees and visitors, and posting on-line whether a facility is open and how to best reach the facility to continue services by telephone or remotely.

Requirements for all employers

All businesses and employers are ordered to take the following actions:

  • Allow as many employees as possible to work from home by implementing policies in areas such as teleworking and video conferencing.
  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home until they are free of fever without the use of medication for at least 72 hours (three full days) and symptoms have improved for at 72 hours and at least seven days have passed since symptoms first began. Do not require a healthcare provider’s note to validate the illness or return to work of employees sick with acute respiratory illness.
  • Ensure that sick leave policies are up-to-date, flexible and non-punitive in order to allow sick employees to stay home to care for themselves, children, or other family members. Encourage employees to do a self-assessment each day in order to check if they have any COVID-19 type symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.
  • Ensure that sick leave policies are up-to-date, flexible and non-punitive in order to allow sick employees to stay home to care for themselves, children, or other family members. Encourage employees to do a self-assessment each day in order to check if they have any COVID-19 type symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.
  • Separate employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms from other employees and send them home immediately. Restrict their access to the University until they have recovered.
  • Reinforce message to employees such as stay home when sick, use cough and sneeze etiquette, and practice hand hygiene. Place posters in areas where they are most likely to be seen regarding these messages. Provide protection supplies such as soap and water, hand sanitizer, tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by employees.
  • Frequently perform enhanced environmental cleaning of commonly-touched surfaces, such as workstations, countertops, railings, door handles, and doorknobs. Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces can be wiped down by employees before each use.
  • Be prepared to change business practices, if needed, in order to maintain critical operations.

Frequently asked questions

Read more detailed information and frequently asked questions about the stay at home order.