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The stay at home order for Marion County and the city of Indianapolis has been extended through May 15 on the basis that the county has the state’s highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases at just over 5,000.

“It’s clear from talking to state leaders and community stakeholders that the challenges we face here in Indianapolis are unique – a city filled with large venues, densely populated neighborhoods, and active business centers,” Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a statement. “To ensure that we see continued progress in our fight against this virus, we must recommit to our social distancing efforts even as we plan for the future. I appreciate Governor Holcomb’s partnership as he and his team continue to address the diverse needs of Hoosier communities.”

WIBC host Tony Katz offered some observations about the Mayor’s decision Thursday morning:

“There are some questions that need to be answered here. For example, if Governor Holcomb lifts the stay-at-home order for the state, well which one supersedes which? Secondly, if Hamilton County has the ability to engage in some businesses, does that mean that Marion County residents are allowed to travel to Hamilton County? Can they travel down to Johnson County? Can they head out to Hendricks? Yes or no? 

“There comes a moment where these stay-at-home orders don’t have application.

“The only way this makes sense is if Governor Holcomb extends the stay-at-home order for the state. And if that happens, people are going to be wicked angry – and rightfully so.”

Click below to hear more from Tony – including some friendly advice for those who intend to protest.

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