Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Wednesday said he plans to delay the state’s full entry into Stage 5 of its pandemic recovery plan.

Under Stage 5 of the Back on Track Indiana plan, which had been expected to begin Friday, almost all restrictions were supposed to be lifted. Instead, Holcomb said Indiana will implement a “Stage 4.5” from July 4-17.

Holcomb said Stage 4.5 puts a temporary pause on capacity restrictions at restaurant dining rooms (75%) and at bars and entertainment venues (50%) throughout most of the state. Most outdoor activities, however, will be approved, Holcomb said.

Marion County had been following a slower timeline for reopening than other counties and didn’t enter Stage 4 until June 19, one week after the rest of the state. It will remain in line with the rest of the state until July 17, unless Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett implements new restrictions.

The governor said the pause was needed because Indiana was seeing a “slight uptick” in COVID-19 cases and in hospitalizations over the past week.

“The date doesn’t drive us, but data does,” he said of the decision.

Cases reported by the Indiana State Department of Health over the past week have increased by 2,812, compared with 2,127 the previous week.

On a longer-term basis, the state has seen improvement. The increase of cases reported in June was down 31% from the increase in May. COVID-19 deaths reported in June fell 47% over deaths reported in May. And the increase in tests reported in June rose 35% over the increase in tests in May.

Here is the plan, according to the state:

Stage 4.5 (through at least July 17)

– Social gatherings following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines will be limited to up to 250 people. This limit applies to wedding receptions, parties, and other events where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time, particularly indoors.

– Dining room food service may continue operations at up to 75 percent capacity as long as social distancing is observed. Bar seating in restaurants may continue operations at 50 percent capacity. Bars and nightclubs may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity as long as they adhere to social distancing guidelines.

– Cultural, entertainment and tourism sites may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.

– Movie theaters, bowling alleys and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.

– Amusement parks, water parks and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity. Reservations are encouraged to limit the number of customers at any one time.

– Raceways may continue operations open at 50 percent grandstand capacity.

– Beginning July 4, fairs, festivals and other similar outdoor events may open. Pari-mutuel horse racing and county and state fair racing may begin with 50 percent spectator capacity. Youth overnight camps may open.

– K-12 school operations may begin the 2020-21 academic year on July 1. Extra-curricular, co-curricular activities may resume July 6.

– Outdoor visitation is required at assisted living facilities and nursing homes beginning July 4 and indoor visitation may begin. Hospital visitations with precautions are encouraged.

– Hoosiers 65 and over and those with high-risk health conditions should adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain cautious. Face coverings in public places are highly recommended.

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