Indiana joins Illinois in closing bars, restaurants for 2 weeks amid coronavirus outbreak

Indiana restaurants, bars and nightclubs are being required to close their doors to in-person patrons through the end of March to combat the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday.

Restaurants will still be able to provide take-out and delivery services, Holcomb said.

Holcomb is expected to speak on the order in a Monday afternoon news conference.

The state is following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is limiting gatherings to those with 50 people or less, he said.

Hospitals have been asked to cancel or postpone elective surgeries immediately, Holcolmb said.

Indiana state parks and recreation centers, including state park inns, remain open, according to the statement.

On Sunday, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered all Illinois bars and restaurants to close their dine-in operations at the end of the business day on Monday.