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Indianapolis to lift all COVID-19 restrictions July 1

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Marion County will lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions July 1, Mayor Joe Hogsett announced at a press conference June 29.

Bars, restaurants, sporting events, museums, gyms, hairdressers and all other businesses will be able to open at 100% capacity and do not have to adhere to social distancing practices.

Unvaccinated people will no longer have to wear masks indoors; however, it is still highly recommended. The mask mandate for vaccinated people lifted June 7.

Private businesses are still allowed to set their own restrictions. Masks will still be required for everyone in airports, hospitals and public transportation.

As of June 26, 40.4% of Marion County residents are fully vaccinated, with 43% of residents receiving one dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, according to Dr. Virginia Caine, the county’s top health official.  

“We are now in a position to fully reopen Indianapolis,” Caine said. 

The positivity rate in Marion County is just under 2%, with only 26 positive COVID-19 tests over a seven-day period, the lowest since the start of the pandemic, Caine said. 

“Indianapolis is where we need to be to lift restrictions,” Hogsett said. 

Contact staff writer Terrence Lambert at 317-924-5243. Follow him on Twitter @_TerrenceL_. 

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