When you're ready, we'll be here. We look forward to welcoming you to Morgan County, Indiana, whether it's for a short day trip or a week's vacation. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and health of our visitors and industry employees and local residents, which is why Visit Morgan County supports the Hoosier Hospitality Promise in collaboration with other destinations across the state, the Indiana Tourism Association, Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association and US Travel. We encourage you to stay informed and follow any guidance offered by national and local authorities.
There are no travel restrictions in place at this time, though travelers are encouraged to always exercise healthy habits when traveling and to follow any and all guidance issued by public health officials. As of Friday, June 11, Indiana enters stage four of Indiana's Back on Track plan to slowly and safely reopen the state for business. Many of our local restaurants and retail establishments are open for business, though some are delaying opening for a variety of reasons. Please call ahead prior to visiting. We will continue to update our website with information as we receive it.
Many previously scheduled events, particularly events expecting large crowds, are being rescheduled for later in summer and fall, so please call ahead to check the status of events and specific refund policies. The status of major festivals in the area is available on this 2020 Festival Status Update on our blog. Morgan County area attractions, hotels and other venues are open for business or will be soon, and most are instituting additional protective measures in order to safeguard the health and well being of their visitors. We encourage travelers to call ahead to confirm your plans and ensure that you are aware of any changes. Area parks, trails and other outdoor areas are still accessible and are a great way to safely get out of the house as you practice social distancing. Here are some of our favorite paved trails and open spaces.
Visit Morgan County is working with state and local officials, national travel industry authorities and our local hospitality partners to take proper precautions now, and to continue to promote healthy and positive travel experiences to our area in the future. Our office will reopen to the public on Tuesday, June 16. We are accessible via email and messaging on our social media accounts. We will continue to monitor those accounts and post updated information as soon as possible to ensure that our visitors know what to expect as we all adapt to new safety procedures.
The state of Indiana has now entered phase four of a five phase plan for reopening. These phases will occur over the coming months and may be adjusted as times goes on. Watch for updates from state officials. If all goes as planned, most restrictions will be lifted by early July though individuals are still encouraged to practice social distancing, frequent hand washing and other safety measures. We will welcome your visitation to our area again as soon as it is safe to do so.