Visit Indy Response to COVID-19

Travel Status Update

Coronavirus information and FAQs about Indianapolis

Updated as of May 27 at 12:00 pm

Beginning Monday, June 1, the City of Indianapolis is lifting some restrictions on the economy of Indianapolis. Limits on public gatherings, including religious services, is increased to 25 people or fewer. Non-essential retail stores, including those at malls, may reopen at 75% capacity with social distancing. The Indianapolis Public Library branches may begin providing curbside pickup only.

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.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have advised cancellation or postponement for all mass gatherings. In accordance, all major Indianapolis area events have been impacted. You are advised to contact any event venue or attraction before visiting.

Non-essential travel to Indianapolis is discouraged until the COVID-19 pandemic has stabilized. Our hope is that this site can help you in planning a getaway to Indianapolis to celebrate when that time comes. Until then, stay home.

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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


FAQs

Should I travel to Indianapolis?

It is not recommended that you travel to Indy at this time. The health and safety of visitors to Indianapolis is Visit Indy’s top priority. The organization 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
    • Free accommodations for Indianapolis-area medical workers (doctors, nurses, first responders) through the end of April
    • 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
    • Essential Workers rate: $89*
    • Grab and Go breakfast
    • Parking
    • Wi-Fi
    • Roll of toilet paper to take home
    *based on availability, call hotel directly to book
     
  • Hilton Garden Inn Downtown
    • First Responders special rate beginning at $79
    • Please contact to book
       
  • Indianapolis Marriott East
    • Room rates starting at $69 through May 31
    • 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?

Beginning Monday, June 1, restaurants are allowing in-person dining at 50% indoor dining capacity, in accordance with the City of Indianapolis. Outdoor dining capacity is still capped at 50%. 

Tennis and basketball courts, and other non-contact sports fields, will open beginning June 1. Movie theaters, bars, bowling alleys, live-performance venues and other cultural attractions must remain closed until further notice.

Most major attractions are closed. Some attractions, like The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Newfields, are offering online education and entertainment for your kids during this time. We encourage you to support these hospitality businesses in any way that is safe for you and others.

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?

Effective March 17, the Indiana Convention Center is closed to ensure the health and safety of all who pass through the building. More to come on when it will re-open, following state and city protocol.

To learn more about the symptoms of COVID-19, visit CDC.gov.

 


 

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