Bloomington and Monroe County transition into re-opening
Updated September 1, 2020
On July 17, Monroe County issued a new order requiring all individuals to wear a face covering. As of July 27, it will be a statewide mandate. For more information, click here.
Monroe County has moved into Phase 4.5, according to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana guidelines. It is very important to follow health and safety protocols as our community safely transitions into re-opening. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to safely explore the best of Bloomington and Monroe County, including Indiana University, Monroe Lake, Hoosier National Forest, and hundreds of restaurants, shops, and attractions you won’t find anywhere else. We ask that you travel and enjoy our destination responsibly.
The COVID-19 pandemic is certainly not behind us, but with proper precautions, it is possible to travel safely this summer. To curb your travel anxieties, we’ve compiled the latest safety guidelines, along with a packing list and recommendations on how to protect yourself and others.
Protect Yourself and Others
All travelers should follow protective steps and guidelines, as outlined by the CDC and the Indiana State Department of Health. Wear a face mask in public spaces and maintain a distance of at least six feet from others. View Monroe County’s local health guidelines here.
- Wash hands often, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue.
- Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick.
- Stay up to date on vaccinations, including the flu vaccine.
- Avoid traveling if you are sick.
- Avoid contact with animals while traveling.
- Be aware of the latest travel advisories from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State.
- Take everyday precautions to stop the spread of germs.
Note: Older adults and people with underlying chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for developing more serious complications
Get ready for a safe and speedy drive to Bloomington by stocking up on cleaning and sanitation supplies and consider mapping out a plan for stops along the way in advance. In addition, be sure to:
- Pack your car and with plenty of hand sanitizer as well as disinfecting spray, wipes, rubber gloves, and paper towels. Sanitize high-touch surfaces frequently – steering wheels and handles too.
- Grab a microfiber cloth to wipe down your phone and other electronics.
- Bring a face mask for everyone in your family over age two.
- Stash snacks, drinks, ice, and easy meals in a cooler to avoid extra stops for food.
- Throw in a travel thermometer with your first aid kit, and don’t forget to bring enough medications and prescriptions to get you through your trip, just in case.
If you are not yet ready to travel to the Bloomington area but would still like to show support, please consider the following:
- Buy gift cards to your favorite local business for use at a later date
- Book future travel experiences
- Leave positive reviews on TripAdvisor, Google, and social media channels
- Post photos of your favorite memories while visiting on a previous trip and tag @visitbtown