INDIANAPOLIS — Tuesday's latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic.
Holcomb signs executive order preventing evictions, foreclosures through July 31
Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed an order that prevents evictions, foreclosures, and the disconnection of utility services.
The prevention on evictions from rental properties and on filing foreclosures are both extended through July 31.
Renters, homeowners, lending institutions and landlords are encouraged to establish payment plans to avoid later evictions or foreclosures.
Utility companies must also follow the order and may not disconnect service through Aug. 14.
To see the full executive order, click here.
ISDH's report on COVID-19 cases
The Indiana State Department of Health reported that there are 385 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state, totaling more than 45,000 cases. An additional 16 people have died from the virus. More than 2,400 Hoosiers have died from novel coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.
About 9.5 percent of Hoosiers who have been tested for COVID-19 have tested positive.
EU blocks travel from US tourists
The European Union announced Tuesday that it will reopen its borders to travelers from 14 countries, but most Americans have been refused entry for at least another two weeks due to soaring coronavirus infections in the U.S.
More than 15 million Americans are estimated to travel to Europe each year, while some 10 million Europeans head across the Atlantic.
Citizens from the following countries will be allowed into the EU's 27 members and four other nations in Europe's visa-free Schengen travel zone: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States has surged over the past week, and President Donald Trump also suspended the entry of all people from Europe’s ID check-free travel zone in a decree in March.
Non-EU citizens who are already living in Europe are not included in the ban.
The EU list does not apply to travel to Britain, which left the EU in January. Britain now requires all incoming travelers — bar a few exceptions like truck drivers — to go into a self-imposed 14-day quarantine, although the measure is under review and is likely to ease in the coming weeks. The requirement also applies to U.K. citizens.
Children's Museum to reopen July 11
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis will reopen to the public Saturday, July 11.
The museum previously opened to donor families June 24 and member families June 29.
All tickets must be reserved and purchased online in advance. A confirmation of purchase and dated ticket will be sent through email.
The following health and safety protocols have been implemented upon reopening:
- Face masks are required to enter the museum for all staff and guests. The only exceptions will be made for children younger than 2 years old and those with medical challenges.
- The number of visitors entering The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience® will be restricted to 3,000 people to ensure it is assisting with social distancing in a safe and strategic way.
- A full deep clean will be conducted every evening and has created a schedule in which each exhibit area will receive thorough cleanings at intervals throughout the day.
- The museum will increase the frequency of cleaning of high-touch areas such as payment stations, touch screens, bathrooms, door and sink handles, water fountains, railings.
- Hand sanitizer can be located at the entrance and exit of the museum in addition to alongside each elevator. There are now more than 100 hand sanitizing and wet wipe stations located throughout the museum’s campus.
- The museum asks visitors and staff to stay home if they do not feel well.
- All employees and volunteers will have their temperatures taken daily.
- New signage will be displayed throughout the museum to assist people in staying 6-feet apart from other groups.
Click here to read more about The Children's Museum of Indianapolis' safety procedures to keep guests and staff safe upon reopening.
IMA Galleries to reopen July 19
Newfields is continuing its reopening plan with the announcement of the Indianapolis Museum of Art's latest exhibition.
IMA Galleries will be open to members July 17 and 18 before opening to the public July 19. This coincides with the summer debut of the "Edward Hopper and the American Hotel," presented by Schahet Hotels.
All of Newfields’ open spaces will be included in general admission and free for members. General admission is $18 for adults, $10 for youth ages 6-17, and free for children five and under, while Fairbanks Park remains free to all.
Both member and public tickets will be available to reserve starting July 6 at 11 a.m. All guests and members will be required to reserve a timed ticket at discovernewfields.org before they arrive, which will allow Newfields to safely control crowd size and facilitate a contactless check-in process.
Click here to read about Newfields' safety measures in place upon reopening.
Latest US, world numbers
There have been 2.59 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of 3:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 126,000 deaths and 705,000 people recovered.
Worldwide, there have been 10.3 million confirmed cases with more than 505,000 deaths and 5.23 million recovered.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
July 15 tax deadline won't be postponed again, IRS says
The federal tax deadline of July 15 — which was already postponed from its traditional April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic — will not be postponed again, the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department announced Monday.
The IRS is urging people who owe taxes to pay what they can by July 15 to avoid penalties and interest.
Those needing an extension through Oct. 15 can do so by including a Form 4868 with their 1040. But the IRS warns the extension is just for filing the tax return. Any taxes owed to the government are still due on July 15.
“The IRS understands that those affected by the coronavirus may not be able to pay their balances in full by July 15, but we have many payment options to help taxpayers,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a statement. “These easy-to-use payment options are available on IRS.gov, and most can be done automatically without reaching out to an IRS representative.”
Payment options for those who can't pay in full can be found here.
The IRS says state income tax deadlines may differ from the July 15 federal deadline.
285 US children hit with serious coronavirus-linked condition
At least 285 U.S. children have developed a serious inflammatory condition linked to the coronavirus and while most recovered, the potential for long-term or permanent damage is unknown, two new studies suggest.
The papers, published online Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine, provide the fullest report yet on the condition.
The condition is known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. It is considered uncommon and deaths are rare; six children died among the 285 in the new studies.
Including cases in Europe, where it was first reported, about 1,000 children worldwide have been affected, a journal editorial said.
Click here to read more.