COVID-19 Information for Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana
Updated Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Monroe County, Indiana reimplemented the health order regarding mask wearing in indoor spaces on Thursday, August 5 at 8:00 am. For information on this, and other requirements in Monroe County, please click here. Local businesses may have different COVID-19 safety rules in place regarding vaccines, masks, and more — we recommend you check with them ahead of your visit to be prepared. Information and frequently asked questions on Indiana University's COVID-19 response are available here.
We encourage visitors to continue to wear a mask while at local businesses that require their use, as their staff continue to get vaccinated. We welcome visitors to respectfully 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.
With proper precautions, it is possible to travel safely. 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
- 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.
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, 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, as some local businesses still require visitors to wear face masks while their staff continue to get vaccinated.
- 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.
Escape to the Outdoors
Easing back into travel? Bloomington boasts wide-open spaces, offers solitude in the outdoors, and has plenty of socially-distanced adventures to choose from. Home to the 200,000-acre Hoosier National Forest and Monroe Lake (Indiana’s largest), Bloomington attracts cyclists, campers, fishers, foragers, and birders. Check out the following blogs to learn more about our favorite outdoor escapes:
- Bloomington's Best Fishing Holes
- Places to Explore in Bloomington: Summer
- Restaurants, Shops & Other Venues on the B-Line Trail
- Top 5 Summer Hikes in Bloomington
- Urban Trails in Bloomington
If you are not yet ready to travel to the Bloomington area but would still like to support our town, 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.