Clinton County Commissioners Josh Uitts, Steve Woods and Scott Shoemaker partnered with Frankfort Mayor Judith Sheets in releasing a joint statement Wednesday evening on what the beginning of Stage 3 of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s “Back on Track Indiana” plan means for Clinton County.

“On Friday May 22nd Clinton County and the City of Frankfort will move to Stage 3 of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s plan to reopen the State with no local modifications,” the joint statement read. “Thank you to everyone in Frankfort and Clinton County for continuing to be vigilant in decreasing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As you all know less than one half of one percent (163) of the population of Clinton County have tested positive for COVID-19 as of today (Wednesday).

“We also continue to praise those in our community who have remained in the workforce on the frontlines of this pandemic,” the statement continued. “Those who were fortunate enough to not be forced to remain in the workforce during this time owe those who did a debt of gratitude! We are committed to continuing to take the steps necessary to make sure our community returns to normalcy. We are on the right path.”

According to, the state’s Stage 3 guidelines include the following:

Hoosiers 65 and older and those with known high-risk medical conditions should limit exposure at work and in their communities

Continue remote work when possible

Face coverings are recommended

Social gatherings of up to 100 people may take place following the CDC social distancing guidelines. The coronavirus is often spread among groups of people who are in close contact in a confined space for an extended period of time. This limit applies to wedding receptions, parties, and other events where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time

Nursing homes remain closed to visitors; nursing home guidance will continue to be evaluated

No travel restrictions

What opens?

Retail stores and malls may move to 75 percent of capacity while maintaining social distancing

Mall common areas, such as food courts and sitting areas, are limited to 50 percent capacity

Gyms and fitness centers may open with restrictions. Class sizes and equipment must be spaced to accommodate social distancing. Limited class sizes. Equipment must be cleaned after each use, and employees are required to wear face coverings

Playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, and similar facilities may open with social distancing guidelines in place

Community pools may open according to CDC guidance

Campgrounds may open with social distancing limitations and sanitation precautions

Movie theaters may open at 50 percent capacity; some theater companies have identified specific hygiene and social distancing guidelines

The CDC will provide guidance about day camps and overnight camps

What remains closed?

Bars and nightclubs

Cultural, entertainment, and sports venues

K-12 facilities and activities