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INDIANAPOLIS — Keeping in tune with an order from Governor Eric Holcomb, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has given a similar order limiting public gatherings within Indianapolis to less than 250 people.

It’s as the coronavirus continues to spread. He and Marion County Health Director Dr. Virginia Caine have also ordered all 13 school districts within Marion County to close until April 6th.

“Let me just say we have not come to this decision lightly,” Caine said. “It has followed many discussions with the city, the county, and school superintendents.”

She urges anyone over the age of 60 or if you have underlying health issues that you limit your exposure to the public. Hogsett has also ordered city police officers not to arrest non-violent offenders during this time, but rather issue summonses.

“I want to be clear, these restrictions will have an impact on commerce, social events, functions planned long in advance, or held every year,” Hogsett said. “To those who argue these policies will be ‘disruptive’ my answer is simple… they better be.”

Hogsett said they will reassess after some time has passed.