Indianapolis lifting local COVID-19 mask, capacity rules

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis officials are lifting all the city’s local COVID-19 restrictions as of Thursday, a move that will allow full capacity at restaurants, bars, sports venues and other businesses.

The action announced Tuesday comes after Indianapolis had kept a mask mandate for unvaccinated people and capacity limits for many businesses even after the statewide mask order ended in early April.

Marion County health director Dr. Virginia Caine said more progress was needed to raise the county’s current 40% COVID-19 vaccination rate, with less than half of residents younger than 40 vaccinated so far.