Twitter By Jon Zimney – September 23, 2020 28 4628 Facebook Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Twitter Google+ Mandatory face mask order remains in effect in Indiana Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleMichigan early voting begins ThursdayNext articleHow foreign hackers could affect the November election Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. (Photo supplied/State Of Indiana) The mandatory face mask order for the State of Indiana remains in effect through at least Nov. 14.Back in July, Governor Eric Holcomb cited several reasons for the order including an increase in the COVID-19 positivity rate and an increase in the number of Hoosiers who are hospitalized with the virus, an increase in cases and positivity rates in neighboring states, the priority to get children back to school, and to keep Indiana businesses open and operating.The mask order is in effect for all residents 8 years or older when in public indoor spaces, when using public transportation and in outdoor spaces where social distancing isn’t possible.It will also require students in the 3rd grade and above to wear masks.There will be exceptions for exercise, eating, drinking or if you have a medical condition to prevents it.Holcomb said enforcement will begin with education and appealing to Hoosiers’ civic duty and pride. He said not wearing a mask will be a Class B misdemeanor, but that the “mask police will not be patrolling the streets”.Governor Holcomb’s office sent the following news release regarding the face mask mandate:Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced he will sign an executive order requiring Hoosiers to wear face coverings in most public settings.“As we continue to monitor the data, we’ve seen a concerning change in some of our key health indicators,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Hoosiers have worked hard to help re-open our state, and we want to remain open. By masking up, we can and will save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19.”A mask or other face covering may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or improvised from household items such as scarfs, bandanas and t-shirts. The mouth and nose should be covered.The executive order will require face coverings for anyone 8 years old or older in the following places:Public indoor spaces and commercial entitiesWhile using public transportation or other vehicle services such as a taxi or ride shareOutdoor public spaces when it’s not possible to socially distance from people not in the same householdAdditionally, face coverings will be required in schools for students in the third grade and above, faculty, staff, volunteers and anyone else in schools. Mask are also required for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities with exceptions for strenuous physical activity.The order will have exceptions for medical purposes, disabilities, exercising, and eating and drinking.The state will approach enforcement of the face covering requirement with an emphasis on education. The executive order states a penalty can be levied under the authority of state law. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.Once signed, the executive order will be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm Google+
British and Irish Lions rookie Stuart Hogg has revealed his burning desire to learn from veteran Ireland centre Brian O’Driscoll on the current tour of Hong Kong and Australia. Scotland full-back Hogg is the Lions squad’s youngest player. He does not turn 21 until two days after the first Test in Brisbane and is also entrusted with looking after the cuddly toy lion mascot. The Lions experience has already proved an eye-opening one for Hogg and none more so than when four-time Lions tourist O’Driscoll linked up with the squad last weekend. “Being with the Lions has been a really good experience,” Hogg said. “On Sunday, Brian O’Driscoll turned up and that was pretty unbelievable because he was my hero growing up. I remember that try he scored for the Lions (against Australia) in 2001. He is someone to look up to for his attitude on and off the field. He’s down to earth and I have a lot of respect for that.” He added: “To have the chance to train and play with him is a dream come true. It’s quite surreal at times. “It would be good to have a chat with him and see what he’s got to say. I’m looking to learn during this whole tour, so it’s great to have a guy like that on the trip. “First and foremost I’ll be looking to learn from Leigh Halfpenny and Rob Kearney in terms of being a 15, but you can learn from everyone.” Hogg is expected to be on the bench for Saturday’s tour opener against the Barbarians at Hong Kong Stadium and after a fortnight’s intense preparation he is relishing getting going. “The mood is upbeat and positive,” he added.”Everyone has a smile on their face, which is exactly what we are after. “The Test series in Australia is a massive opportunity to create some history. Our expectations down there are to win and that is all we are concentrating on. We want to pick up as many wins as we can on the road and then the Test series at the end of it. “It’s not about nationality with the Lions because it’s four nations in one, but at the same time I am looking to do my country proud. I will do that by playing my best for the Lions.” Press Association
The Paraguayan soccer association says Guarani, 12 de Octubre and San Lorenzo cannot play and train until another medical examination is held.The soccer association did not say how many players or club staff members have become infected.The league had been scheduled to resume later in the day after a four-month suspension caused by the pandemic. San Lorenzo was to play General Diaz.Guarani was scheduled to play Guaireña on Saturday and 12 de Octubre was to play Sol de America.Club executives are expected to meet later in the day to discuss whether other matches will go forward. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Formula One says two people tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest batch of tests carried out before the Hungarian Grand Prix. July 17, 2020 ___The world triathlon championships will be staged this year but it’s unclear where and when.The worlds were originally scheduled to take place in August at the Edmonton world series grand final but they were canceled in April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The governing body of the sport now says a 2020 worlds can go ahead after recommendations from athletes and coaches and talks with national federations.World Triathlon also canceled three World Cups in Brazil and China.World Triathlon says it was forced to scrap two World Cups and three Asian Cups in China scheduled for September and October after the country’s government last week canceled all international sports for the rest of the year. Paraguay has done comparatively well in combating the virus. Only 27 people in the country of almost 7 million residents have died with the virus of about 3,300 infected.___Sporting events in England could be opened up to spectators starting in October.No fans have been allowed at stadiums since sports resumed in the country in June after a three-month shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says “from October we intend to bring back audiences in stadia … in a COVID-secure way subject to the successful outcome of pilots.” ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: 2 people test positive in F1 ___The Atlantic 10 Conference is postponing its fall sports season, which includes soccer, cross country, field hockey and women’s volleyball. The conference announced it will try to play those sports in the spring semester, and has agreed to a “look-in” window during September to evaluate whether it is possible to conduct shortened, conference-only seasons in fall sports.___The restart of the Paraguayan soccer league has been called off after three teams came down with cases of the coronavirus. F1 said 4,997 tests for COVID-19 were carried out from July 10-16 ahead of Sunday’s race outside of Budapest. No further information was given about the two people who tested positive. They have been removed from the Hungaroring vicinity and isolated.F1 reported no positive cases from more than 8,000 tests carried out over the previous two races held in Austria at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Personnel attending the races are tested every five days with results made public every seven days.There are two scheduled races at the British GP on Aug. 2 and Aug. 9.