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Essential Businesses – Gov. Holcomb’s Executive Order


The Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s business and industry hotline is
receiving a high volume of inquiries. We are working to respond to these
inquiries as soon as possible to provide insight or guidance on essential
businesses based on Gov. Holcomb's Executive Order 20-08
issued March 23, 2020.

This Executive Order mandates Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they
are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others,
obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect
from March 25 to April 7.

We urge businesses, employees and the general public to please review the
details and resources provided below:

  • If you’re an employee, please check with the leadership
    of your company for any additional information regarding whether they
    qualify as an essential or non-essential business.
  • If you are a business/employer please review Gov.
    Holcomb's Executive Order here, which outlines
    essential functions. Essential businesses are outlined beginning on page
  • If you have general questions regarding the Executive
    Order, view the FAQ page here
  • We understand that while the Executive Order highlights
    a wide variety of businesses, it does not address every type of business
    or industry. We encourage businesses to review the Executive Order and to
    consider if their service or product meets the basic threshold of an
    essential business, which: 

    • Contributes to the safety, sanitation and essential
      operation of residences and essential businesses deemed essential in the
      Executive Order.
    • The primary purpose of the Governor's Executive Order
      is to protect Hoosiers and request they remain at home to combat the
      spread of COVID-19. While not every service or business is explicitly
      outlined, we recommend businesses take a "common sense"
      approach to determining if your business contributes to the safety,
      sanitation and essential operation of residences and businesses deemed
  • Employees of essential businesses are not required to
    provide any documentation. Law enforcement will not be stopping drivers on
    their way to and from work, traveling for an essential activity such as
    going to the grocery store, or just taking a walk. 
  • For non-essential businesses and Hoosiers impacted by
    this ongoing public health emergency, we encourage you to visit
    to explore resources available to you. 

General questions from the
public or healthcare provider inquiries about COVID-19 may be directed to the
ISDH COVID-19 Call Center at the toll-free number 877-826-0011 (available 24/7)
or email

We appreciate your patience.

Thank you,

IEDC Response Team

We’re here when you’re ready.

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