Indiana Dunes State Park trails

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Indiana's Roadmap for Reopening Businesses 

Please note: Masks are required on public transportation and on national park properties, both inside buildings and in outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance. Individual businesses throughout the South Shore have their mask and social distance requirements posted on-site as well as online. Please check ahead or plan to carry a mask with you just in case.

It can be difficult to keep track of what’s open and what’s not in Indiana during the COVID-19 pandemic, so we’ve put this page together to help you.

The information below will guide you through the Governor of Indiana’s executive orders.

Please note: While we are continuously updating the information on our site to the best of our abilities, we recommend you call ahead before visiting businesses or view their social media posts for the latest information.

These new guidelines began April 6, 2021.

Restaurants and Bars

OPEN: Restaurants, bars and nightclubs may be open at full capacity. Social distancing is encouraged as a seating consideration, with individuals, households or parties spaced six feet apart from another individual, household or party.

Visit our restaurants page to see who is offering dine-in service, outdoor seating and carryout.

Great Outdoors

OPEN: Most parks remain open for visitors to use the beaches, trails and parking lots. This includes Indiana Dunes State Park and National Park. On national park properties masks are required indoors as well as outdoors where you cannot socially distance. For more information on beaches that are open, click here.

Families can go outside and take a walk, run, ride a bike, geocache, go fishing or boating, but they should continue to practice social distancing by remaining six feet away from other people. 

Golf courses may open as well as community pools, tennis and basketball courts. Hunting is also permitted.


OPEN: Campgrounds may open with social distancing limitations and sanitation precautions. 


OPEN: Hotels and motels are allowed to be open.


OPEN: Retail businesses and malls may open at full capacity with social distancing guidelines in place.

Casinos and Attractions

OPEN: View the individual casino safety protocols here: Horseshoe, Ameristar, Hard Rock and Blue Chip.

The State of Indiana now allows indoor and outdoor venues to open at full capacity. Social distancing of at least 6 feet is required among non-household members, especially for indoor events where attendees may be gathered for extended time periods. Outdoor attractions such as the Indiana Dunes are open as stated in the Great Outdoors section above.


Some events scheduled have been cancelled or postponed. Keep up to date on upcoming and postponed events in our events section here.

Public Transportation

OPEN: Masks are required to be worn at all times on public transportation, including on the South Shore Train.

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