Travel Status Update
Coronavirus information and FAQs about Indianapolis
Updated as of October 21 at 10 am
The current Marion County Public Health Order states that Marion County mandates certain restrictions:
- Residents are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, and in outdoor public spaces where social distancing is not possible. Exceptions to this requirement are listed in the MCPHD Public Health Order, found here.
- Bars and restaurants may operate at 50% indoor capacity, and must close between the hours of 12 am and 5 am daily.
- Gyms and fitness centers may operate at 50% capcity.
- Shopping malls and retail stores may open with 75% capacity in stores and 50% capacity in common areas.
- Playgrounds, parks, and pools remain open with social distancing in place.
- Personal services such as tattoo parlors, nail parlors, and hair salons must operate by appointment only.
- Sports venues, entertainment venues, and cultural institutions such as museums may operate at a 50% capacity.
- Indoor visiting at nursing homes and assisted living facilities is permitted following social distancing guidelines.
- Social gatherings must not exceed 50 individuals.
- Any event with anticipated attendance above 250 people, such as fairs/festivals, conventions, and sporting events, must submit an event plan for MCPHD approval.
Governor Eric Holcomb rolled out the #BackOnTrack plan to methodically open Indiana businesses. The plan provides detailed timelines for everything from restaurants and museums to churches and event spaces outside of Lake, Cass, and Marion (home to Indianapolis) counties.
You should follow the protective steps outlined by the CDC:
- Wash hands often, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
- Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
- Stay up to date on vaccinations
- Avoid contact with people who are already sick
- Be aware of the latest travel advisories from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State
- Get a flu vaccine
- Take everyday precautions to stop the spread of germs
- Take flu antivirals if prescribed
Note: Older adults and people with underlying chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19
Should I travel to Indianapolis?
The health and safety of visitors to Indianapolis is Visit Indy’s top priority. Visit Indy is committed to providing travelers with up-to-date information about traveling to the city. Visit Indy recommends travelers follow the latest information from the CDC, noting its protective tips (above) and higher risks for older individuals and those with preexisting health conditions.
If you are in need of a hotel in Indy, a few are offering specials:
- The Alexander
- Offering extended-stay one-bedroom studios including refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher
- Drury Inn & Suites Indianapolis Northeast and Drury Plaza Hotel Indianapolis Carmel
- Room rates starting at $59 + tax with code HEALTH
- Complimentary breakfast and 5:30 Kickback® available
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Microwave and refrigerator in every room
- Two-room suites available
- Extended stays welcome
- Hampton Inn Downtown
*based on availability, call hotel directly to book
- Essential Workers rate: $89*
- Grab and Go breakfast
- Roll of toilet paper to take home
- Hilton Garden Inn Downtown
- First Responders special rate beginning at $79
- Please contact to book
- Indianapolis Marriott East
- Complimentary parking for vehicles of all sizes
- Only 2.5 miles from Community Hospital East
- Convenient access (less than 1 mile) to ramps for I-70 and I-465
- Minutes from downtown Indy and most centrally-located hospitals
- Restaurant with complete menu available for room service
- Meeting facilities with ample space for social-distanced seating
- Triple your meeting points for a limited time
What is Visit Indy doing to help visitors and the hospitality community for through the COVID-19 pandemic?
Visit Indy is working daily in coordination with industry partners including the U.S. Travel Association, Destinations International, the Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association, and state and local officials in line with guidance from the CDC to communicate current information and best practices.
Can I attend Indianapolis events or visit attractions and restaurants?
Restaurants are currently open at 50% dining capacity, in accordance with the City of Indianapolis.
Movie theaters, bars, bowling alleys, live-performance venues and other cultural attractions are open at 50% capacity.
Most major attractions are now open at 50% capacity.
As the situation evolves, The Indiana Restaurant & Hotel Lodging Association (InRLA) will be in constant conversation with relevant government agencies, lodging and hospitality partners, and the National Restaurant Association to ensure the organization and the local dining community have the most up-to-date information.
The InRLA has assembled a list of Indiana restaurants offering take-out/carry out meals. We encourage you to continue patronizing these local businesses during this crisis. If you are a restaurant wanting to be added to this list, click here.
What is the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) doing to address the COVID-19 pandemic?
The Indianapolis Airport Authority is working to ensure the health and well-being of the public using its facilities and its employees during this ever-evolving health situation. They continue to stay in close contact with partners from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state Department of Health, and local public health officials to follow their recommendations. Several dine-in restaurants at IND have closed or are only offering carry out service. Read more from the Indianapolis Airport Authority.
What are hotels doing to ensure guest safety?
Regional hotels are implementing proactive strategies, following CDC guidelines, and monitoring the information from local government agencies as they manage this issue with the wellbeing of hotel guests being of paramount concern.
Is the Indiana Convention Center open?
The Indiana Convention Center is open and safely welcoming groups with strict social distancing guidelines, face masks requirements, and comprehensive sanitation procedures. You can learn more about the Indiana Convention Center reopening plan here.
To learn more about the symptoms of COVID-19, visit CDC.gov.