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. Indiana currently remains paused at Stage 4.5 of Indiana's Back on Track plan to slowly and safely reopen the state for business. The majority of our local restaurants and retail establishments are open for business, though a few are delaying opening for a variety of reasons. Please call ahead prior to visiting if you have questions. 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, and 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 is currently open to the public, Monday through Friday. 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 is now paused at Stage 4.5 of a five stage plan for reopening. These stages can and will be adjusted as times goes on in response to changing conditions in the state. Watch for updates from state officials. If all goes as planned, most restrictions will be lifted by the end of summer, 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.
Governor Holcomb has announced a new mandatory face mask policy for the state of Indiana. Masks will be required throughout the state beginning on Monday, July 27. The order applies to anyone age 8 or older in public indoor spaces, on public transit, outside when social distancing is not possible, and in schools. Indiana joins all of its neighboring states as well as states throughout the country in mandating the use of face masks in public indoor spaces.