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A statewide mask mandate is in effect in Indiana. Masks must be worn inside businesses, in public spaces where you cannot socially distance and on public transportation.

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Please note: A statewide mask mandate is in effect in Indiana. Masks must be worn in public spaces where you cannot socially distance, inside businesses and on public transportation. Children under age two should not wear masks, and those between age two and eight do not need to wear one, but are strongly encouraged to if practicable.

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 December 6, 2020.

Restaurants and Bars

OPEN: Restaurants may be open at 50% indoor capacity in Lake County and full capacity in surrounding counties. 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.

Bars and nightclubs may open at 25% capacity in Lake County and full capacity in surrounding counties, adhering to the same seating requirements as restaurants.

In Lake County, all restaurants, retail food establishments, bars and nightclubs must be closed and clear of customers between midnight and 5 a.m. every day. In Porter County, they must be closed between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. every day. In LaPorte County, they must close at midnight.

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 no longer available at any of the area beaches. This includes Indiana Dunes State Park and National Park. 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.

Skating rinks in Porter County must limit capacity to 25 persons at a time in the rink with overall facility capacity limited to 50%.


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 75% in Lake County and 50% in Porter County with social distancing guidelines in place. LaPorte County is limiting the number of guests based on square footage of the retail space.

Casinos and Attractions

OPEN: Indoor and outdoor venues may 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. The coronavirus is often spread among groups of people who are in close contact in a confined space for prolonged periods of time.

In Porter County, places such as bowling alleys, movie theaters, and arcades must adhere to a 50% capacity limitation and social distancing.

Outdoor attractions such as the Indiana Dunes are open as stated in the Great Outdoors section above.


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.

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