Here's what you can do under the 'stay-at-home' order and which businesses are essential

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a "stay-at-home" order on Monday in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

It comes as positive cases of the virus continue to rise in Indiana.

Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you must stay home.

An essential business includes:

  • Stores that sell groceries and medicine
  • Food and beverage manufacturers
  • Charitable and social services
  • Religious entities (provided they adhere to social distancing)
  • News media
  • Gas stations and businesses needed for transport
  • Banks and other financial and insurance institutions
  • Hardware and supply stores
  • Critical trades: plumbers, electricians, etc.
  • Mail services
  • Educational institutions that can use social distancing
  • Laundry services
  • Restaurants (no dine-in)
  • Businesses providing supplies for you to work from home
  • Transportation: airlines, taxis, etc.
  • Home-based care and services
  • Shelters for adults and children
  • Day cares
  • Professional services including legal, accounting, etc.
  • Manufacturing for critical products (food, medicine, etc.)
  • Trash disposal services
  • Hotels and motels
  • Funeral services

A "stay-at-home" order essentially allows people to continue performing tasks essential to the health and safety of family and pets.

That means you can get food, care for a loved one, access necessary health care and enjoy outdoor activities (as long as you practice social distancing).

Here is a link to answers for commonly asked questions about the "stay-at-home" order put out by the governor's office.

Indiana will open a "Critical Industries Hotline" Tuesday at 9 a.m. to help guide businesses and industries with the executive order.

The number for the center is 877-820-0890 or you can email covidresponse@iedc.in.gov. This is for business and industry questions only.