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Governor Eric J. Holcomb today took these actions to protect Hoosiers, properties and businesses as the result of two nights of violence, following peaceful protests in Indiana.

After two days of peaceful protests in Indianapolis that turned into violence, Holcomb is allowing communities across the state to increase travel restrictions and said the Indiana National Guard will stay on standby.

Members of the guard along with the Indiana State Police will be at state properties to protect them from further damage. And several hundred guard members are on standby to help communities across the state if requested.

Holcomb also signed an executive order that allows local governments to have more stringent travel restrictions than the state as of 11 a.m. today.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced earlier Sunday that a curfew will be in place from 8 p.m. tonight to 6 a.m. Monday. 

 Holcomb also verbally asked the Indiana National Guard Reactionary Force company to be available Saturday, but deployment was not requested, per the release. 

The Governor:

  • Signed Executive Order 20-29 to lift restrictions on local declarations of emergency that had been instituted as a part of the stay at home and back on track orders pertaining to COVID-19. This order, effective as of 11 a.m. today, allows local governments to place more stringent travel restrictions than the state has in place. A link to the order may be found at https://www.in.gov/gov/files/Executive%20Order%2020-29.pdf.
  • Directed members of the Indiana National Guard to be on standby to assist communities across the state if requested. Gov. Holcomb verbally activated the Indiana National Guard Reactionary Force company to be available to assist local communities Saturday, however, no deployment was requested. Several hundred Guard members remain on standby.
  • Ordered members of the Guard, supported by Indiana State Police, to establish a presence at state properties in Indianapolis to protect them from further damage.

“At my order, the Indiana National Guard stands ready to assist local communities in need to protect the public and property, and I am deploying Guard members to protect state property beginning today,” said Gov. Holcomb. “Organized protests have taken place across the state without incident but the events that have followed, particularly in Indianapolis, have devastated businesses, defaced public monuments that are centuries old, and resulted in the loss of life.”