Elkhart County Overview 2


Travel/work limitations 

Starting May 4, 2020, the state of Indiana is taking a gradual approach to easing stay-at-home restrictions for businesses and residents. The full summary can be found on the state’s Back on Track Indiana page. Here is a summary is what is allowed right now in Elkhart County: 

  • Restaurants and bars that serve food may open at 50 percent capacity. 

  • Retail shops, malls and commercial businesses may open at 75 percent capacity, though mall common areas are restricted to 50 percent capacity. 

  • Personal services providers such as hair salons, nail salons and massage therapists may open under appointment only. 

  • Boating is allowed as well as visits to beaches and shorelines. 

  • Gyms and fitness centers may operate with class sizes and equipment must adhere to social distancing. Equipment must be sanitized after every use. Outdoor recreation facilities such as basketball and tennis courts may also operate under social distancing guidance. 

  • Movie theaters may operate at 50 percent capacity. 

  • Manufacturing facilities may operate under CDC and IOSHA health and safety guidelines. 

  • Essential businesses such as grocery stores continue to operate as before. 

All people who are 65 and older or with high-risk medical conditions should continue to stay at home. Public gatherings are limited to a maximum of 100 people, though everyone should take care to maintain social distance. People should wear face masks when in public. 

 Contact the state’s Critical Industries Hotline at 877-820-0890 or covidresponse@iedc.in.gov to see if your business/activity is permitted, or go to this page for more information. 

The Elkhart County COVID Hotline can be reached at 574-523-2106 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 

  • For resources we are providing to local residents such as restaurant updates, outdoor activities that can be enjoyed safely, cancellations and closures, see this page. 

As of March 17, 2020, the Elkhart County Visitor Center is closed to the public, though staff continues its work of representing Elkhart County and its business partners.