Keep South Shore Safe

Masks are required on public transportation, and in LaPorte Lake Counties as well as on national park and state government properties, both inside buildings and in outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance. Most businesses still require masks and we suggest calling ahead or checking online for details regarding each business’s policy. 

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Back on Track Indiana 

Indiana's Roadmap for Reopening Businesses 

Please note: A statewide mask advisory is in effect, encouraging the use of masks in businesses and in public spaces where you cannot socially distance. Masks are required on public transportation, and in LaPorte County as well as on national park and state government properties, both inside buildings and in outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance. Most businesses still require masks and we suggest calling ahead or checking online for details regarding each business’s policy. 

Further details are in the governor's executive order here.


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. All patrons must be seated, whether at a table or counter. Social distancing required as a seating consideration. Individuals, households or parties must be 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

Please note: While many outdoor areas are open, they will close if they become overcrowded and the state's social distancing guidelines are not adhered to. Please do your part to keep these amazing opportunities for outdoor recreation open for everyone. 

OPEN: Most parks remain open for visitors to use the trails, parking lots and some of the beaches for strolling. Lifeguards are currently not available at the area's beaches. This includes Indiana Dunes State Park and National Park. On these national and state government 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. Playgrounds may reopen with the recommendation to wash hands and use hand sanitizer frequently.

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


Campgrounds

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


Lodging

OPEN: Hotels and motels are allowed to be open.


Retail

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


Casinos and Attractions

OPEN: Indiana casinos currently require masks to be worn by patrons and staff. View the individual casino safety protocols here: Horseshoe, Ameristar, Majestic Star, 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.


Events

Some events scheduled through the Governor’s Executive Order have been cancelled or postponed. Keep up to date on upcoming and postponed events in our events section here.

We also have a page on activities you can enjoy at home and virtual events 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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