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Along with federal, state, and local agencies, the City of Bloomington is implementing protocols to maintain continuity of City government services to support the community’s well-being and protect residents’ and employees’ health during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.


Page last updated on October 22, 2020, at 1:01 p.m.




New Gathering Size Limit


What you need to know

• On Friday, August 21, Mayor Hamilton issued an emergency executive order limiting the size of private gatherings within city boundaries to protect the health and safety of the community upon the return of the Indiana University student population. Executive Order No. 20.03, which goes into effect Friday, August 21 at noon, reduces the permitted size of non-commercial gatherings to 15 from 50, the maximum permitted under the Monroe County Public Health Order of July 17.  Those attending these gatherings must also observe county regulations about physical distancing and face covering.   


• City of Bloomington Utilities Department (CBU) offers extended payment plans as well as financial assistance for water bills in partnership with the South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP). The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) has extended the moratorium on late fees to 10/12/20. CBU will assign late fees on 11/1/20 which will be reflected on the bills sent in November The state-wide moratorium on disconnections ends today 8/14/20 but CBU will not begin disconnections related to non-payment at this time. Shut-offs for accounts that are 60+ days delinquent are scheduled to resume 11/1/20 unless the customer has contacted CBU at 812-349-3932 for a payment plan or financial assistance. Customers should pay what they can to avoid building up a large balance that will be harder to pay off later. We ask that customers who are not experiencing financial difficulties continue to make their payments.   


• Monroe County Public Health Authority issued a new Public Health Order effective on July 17 effective at 5 p.m. requiring face masks/coverings in public within Monroe County. There are some exceptions to the rule. The order will stay in effect until it is replaced or repealed. Click here to read the full order. Need a free mask? Click here to see participating locations.


• On July 20, Mayor John Hamilton signed an executive order that will accelerate the implementation within Bloomington city limits of several aspects of the Monroe County Public Health Order of July 17. The mayor’s Executive Order 20-02 will accelerate the effective dates of certain requirements of the county order for the protection of the community.  Specifically, Executive Order 20-02 will make effective the county order’s requirements relating to the size of gatherings at private and public events as well as in bars and restaurants on Thursday, July 23 at noon instead of Friday, July 31 at noon, when they will go into effect outside of city limits.


• Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued an Executive Order effective July 27 requiring face masks in public for all Hoosiers until August 26, unless modified or extended. 


• Bloomington City Hall is open with limited access. You can still access services online or by contacting the various City departments here


• Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued his Roadmap for Reopening Indiana on May 1. Click here to view. 


• The U.S. Census adjusted the 2020 Census timeline due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can still complete the Census online and are encouraged to do so now. Some important dates include: Field operations are suspended through June. The self-response period extended through Oct. 31, 2020. Non-response follow up is scheduled to begin August 11 and conclude Oct. 31. Delivery of apportionment counts to the president April 30, 2021, with Congressional approval. You may see the entire list of operations and the current plan here:


• The state primary election was postponed from May 5 to June 2–click here for more information


• Governor Holcomb closed K-12 schools through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. Monroe County Community School Corporation has issued its Rentry & Recovery Plan for the 2020-2021 academic year–Click here.


• The City has worked with state agencies and our local social service agencies serving those experiencing homelessness to establish housing for those with COVID-19 symptoms or diagnosis and those who remain well. The guests of Wheeler Mission have moved to a larger building on the property that allows for greater social distancing. The guests of A Friend's Place have moved to a facility on Hillside, which also allows them to practice distancing according to current CDC protocols. Accommodations have been secured through an FSSA (Indiana's Family and Social Services Agency) grant for clients of either agency, as well as New Hope for Families, or Middle Way House, together with others from a six-county region, who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have received a positive test result.


• Parks and trails continue to be open to visitors from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Pets should remain on leashes per City ordinance.


• The Animal Shelter is open for visitations by appointment only. Please visit our website prior to your visit at If you see an animal you are interested in adopting, please fill out an application. This will help to ensure you spend less time on paperwork and more time getting to know your future pet. No more than 2 people allowed per appointment. Children are not allowed at this time. (We can make special arrangements if needed, but will be weather dependent as these meetings will take place outdoors).No more than 3 dogs will be visited during the appointment. Most of our cats are in colony rooms so this will allow for more cat visits during the appointment. Face masks are REQUIRED by ALL visitors. If you do not have a face mask, we will provide one for you. Face masks must be worn correctly, covering both mouth and nose. Please plan to spend no more than one hour at the shelter. Please call 812-349-3492 to set up an appointment. 


• The Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) has closed its main lobby and community building (on North Summit Street), and in-person appointments will be replaced with meetings over the phone or internet. Routine property inspections, rent collection, public meetings, and other processes are being adapted to protect vulnerable residents, including new income/family status reporting options at the BHA website.  


• The Bloomington Police Department has implemented protocols to minimize interaction during shift changes and between patrol officers and administrative offices and to limit exposure for first responders.  Equipment and vehicles are being sanitized more thoroughly and frequently.  


Bloomington Transit (BT) has implemented nightly electrostatic cleaning of fixed-route and BT Access buses and offering free rides and rear-door boarding to encourage physical distancing between the driver and riders.


Masks Required




City of Bloomington Protocols and Documents

Plan for Managing City Operations During COVID-19–Click here.

Healthy City Operations Workplace Protocols Manual–Click here.

Cleaning and PPE Use Protocol Manual–Click here.

City Hall Reopening Video for Staff–Click here.

Face Covering Policy for Employees–Click here.

Welcome Students Guide–Click here.



COVID-19 Press Releases

October 21: Bloomington Transit Driver Diagnosed with COVID-19–Click here.

October 6: BPD Employee Receives Positive COVID-19 Viral Test Result–Click here.

September 14: CBU Employee is City’s First COVID-19 Case in Six Weeks–Click here.

August 21: Mayor Issues Executive Order Limiting Private Gatherings to 15–Click here.

August 3: Bloomington Transit Driver Diagnosed With COVID-19–Click here.

July 29: Utilities Reports New COVID-19 Case–Click here.

July 20: Mayor Executes Order to Accelerate COVID-Preventive Measures–Click here.

July 20: Sixth City Employee Receives Positive COVID-19 Result–Click here.

July 17: BT Staffer Diagnosed with COVID-19–Click here.

July 14: Fifth City Employee Diagnosed with COVID-19–Click here.

July 2: Mayor Receives Positive COVID-19 Antibody Result–Click here.

June 29: Fourth City Employee Diagnosed With COVID-19–Click here.

June 22: After Nearly 12 Weeks Without a New Case, Third City Employee Diagnosed With COVID-19–Click here.

June 16: Trial Run of Kirkwood Avenue as Pedestrian and Outdoor Dining Space–Click here.

June 1: City's Bryan Park and Mills Pools Will Not Open in Summer 2020–Click here.

May 15: City Cancels Fourth of July Parade–Click here.

May 12: City of Bloomington Accepting Applications for Community Development Block Grants CARES Act Funding–Click here.

April 23: Utilities Encourages Flushing Pipes in Vacant Buildings–Click here.

April 23: Webinar to Offer Information for Business Owners Navigating Relief Programs–Click here.

April 22: First Round of Funds from Rapid Response Fund Distributed–Click here.

April 20: City Shares Health Update About First Family–Click here.

April 14: City Partners with Community Volunteer Mask Drive to Amplify Effort and Equip City Workers–Click here.

April 13: Mayor Increases Media Appearances–Click here.

April 10: City Shares COVID-19 Case Information–Click here.

April 9: City Accepting Applications For Loans to Small Businesses, Nonprofits, Cultural Groups–Click here.

April 3: CDC Protocols Continue Across City Operations After Second Employee Diagnosed With COVID-19–Click here.

March 28: CDC Protocols Continue at Bloomington Fire Department After Confirmed Case of COVID-19–Click here.

March 27: Bloomington Transit Service Week of March 30–Click here.

March 27: Residents Asked to Bag Trash to Protect Sanitation Workers–Click here.

March 24: City Hall to Close to Public For Two Weeks–Click here.

March 23: Bloomington Transit Offers Free Fares and Rear-Door Boarding–Click here.

March 20: Update on Bloomington Transit Service–Click here.

March 20: Utilities Improves Safety Measures for Customers & Employees–Click here.

March 18: Bloomington Police Department Alter Some Operations and Services–Click here.

March 18: City Maintains Services–Click here.

March 11: City Implements Precautions and Preparations–Click here.



COVID-19 Press Conferences

A weekly press conference is held on Friday's at 1:15 p.m. You can watch LIVE at or on CATS at The links below will redirect you to the City's YouTube page.

October 16: Click here.

October 9: Click here.

October 2: Click here.

September 25: Click here.

September 18: Click here.

September 11: Click here.

September 4: Click here.

August 28: Click here.

August 21: Click here.

August 14: Click here.

July 24: Click here.

July 17: Click here.

July 13: Click here.

July 2: Click here.

June 26: Click here. 

June 19: Click here.

June 12: Click here.

June 5: Click here.

May 29: Click here. 

May 22: Click here. 

May 15: Click here.

May 8: Click here.

May 1: Click here.

April 24: Click here.

April 17: Click here.

April 10: Click here.

April 3: Click here.

March 27: Click here.

March 23: Click here.

A message to the residents of Monroe County from community leaders–Click here.



Mayor Hamilton Video Messages and Interviews

October 12: Click here for the video and transcript.

September 29: Click here for the video and transcript.

September 14: Click here for the video and  transcript.

September 8: Click here for the video and transcript.

August 31: Click here for the video and the transcript.

August 25: Click here for the video and transcript.

August 17: Click here for the video and transcript.

August 10: Click here for the video and transcript.

August 3:  Click here for the video and transcript.

July 27: Click here for the video and transcript.

July 16: Click here for Mayor Hamilton's Recover Forward Public Address and transcript.

July 13: Click here for the video and transcript.

June 30: Click here for the video and transcript.

June 22: Click here for the video and transcript.

June 16: Click here for Mayor Hamilton's COVID-19 Update.

June 8: Click here for the video and transcript.

June 1: Click here for the video and transcript.

May 27: Social Services Update to City Council–Click here.

May 22: Click here for Mayor Hamilton's video message, "Ten Tough Weeks." Click here for the transcript.

May 18: Click here for the video and transcript.

May 11: Click here for the video and transcript.

May 4: Click here for the video and transcript. 

April 27: Click here for the video and transcript.

April 22: Mayor Hamilton & Staff Update to City Council–Click here.

April 15: Mayor Hamilton Update to City Council–Click here.

April 14: Mayor Hamilton on WFIU for "Ask The Mayor"–Click here.

April 13: Mayor Hamilton on WFHB Radio–Click here.

April 7: Mayor Hamilton on WGCL Radio–Click here.

April 6: Click here for the video and transcript.

March 30: Mayor Hamilton Video Message–Click here.

March 20: Click here for the video and transcript.

March 18: Click here for the video and transcript.



City Events and Meetings

Meeting and Event Cancellations and Virtual Instructions–Click here.

Meeting Agendas and Minutes–Click here

Public Comment During COVID-19 Social Distancing–Click here.



Governor Eric Holcomb's Office

Back On Track IndianaClick here.

Executive OrdersClick here.

Press ReleasesClick here.



Federal Resources

White House COVID-19 Resources–Click here.

U.S. Census COVID-19 Timeline–Click here.

U.S. Department of Treasury COVID-19 Resources–Click here.



Indiana State Health Department

The Indiana State Department of Health updated several resource guides that were previously released, including:

Indiana COVID-19 Map

COVID-19 Resource Guide (Multilingual)

Food Safety Guidance (English)(Spanish)

Mental Health Considerations

Stopping the Spread (English)(Spanish)(Arabic)(Burmese)(French)(Swahili)

Specimen Submission and Collection

For additional updates from ISDH on COVID-19, please click here.



Health Resources

Bloomington Indiana Mask Drive–Click here.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention–Click here.

CDC Coronavirus Symptom Self-Checker–Click here.

IU Health Virtual Coronavirus Screenings–Click here.

Monroe County Health Department–Click here.

PPE Marketplace–Click here.

World Health Organization–Click here.



Food Resources

Farmers Market Online–Click here.

Food Assistance Map–Click here.

Food Insecurity Resource List (Google Doc)–Click here.

HelpingBloomingtonMonroe: Search for free or reduced-cost services–Click here.

Herald Times Restaurant Options for Drive-thru and Pickup–Click here

Monroe County Area Mutual Aid for Covid-19 Facebook Group–Click here. Click here for the online request form.

Monroe County Community School Corporation Breakfast and Lunch Resources–Click here.

Monroe County Food Train–Click here.

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard–Click here.

Open For Bloomington–Click here.

Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation Breakfast and Lunch Resources–Click here



Economic Assistance

Bloomington Navigation Center for small business owners and entrepreneurs–Click here.

City of Bloomington Rapid Response Fund Information and Application–Click here.

City of Bloomington Webinar on Navigating Business Support During COVID-19–Click here.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund from United Way Monroe County–Click here.

Economic Resources as compiled by Chamber of Commerce–Click here.

$25 Million Renters Relief Program–Click here.

File for Indiana Unemployment Benefits–Click here.

Indiana Critical Industries Hotline: 877-820-0890 or

Indiana Essential Businesses and Operations List–Click here.

Indiana Small Business Development Center provides technical assistance for employers–Click here.

Monroe County Food and Beverage COVID-19 Assistance–Click here

Payroll Protection Program/CARES Act–Click here.

PPE Marketplace–Click here.



Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

Bloomington Indiana Mask Drive–Click here.

Bloomington Volunteer Network COVID-19 Opportunities–Click here.

Monroe County Area Mutual Aid for Covid-19 Facebook Group–Click hereClick here for the online request form.

Monroe County Food Train–Click here.



Youth Resources

Community Foundation: Childcare Workers Needed–Click here.

Monroe County Community School Corporation Breakfast and Lunch Resources–Click here.

Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation Breakfast and Lunch Resources–Click here

WonderLab Virtual Programming–Click here.



Arts and Entertainment Resources

Artist Relief Financial Assistance During COVID-19–Click here.

National Endowment for the Arts CARES Act Funding–Click here.



Other Community Resources

Bloom Magazine COVID-19 Resources List–Click here.

Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resources–Click here.

HelpingBloomingtonMonroe: Search for free or reduced-cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more–Click here.

Herald Times Closures and Cancellations–Click here.

Limestone Post Resources List–Click here.

WFHB Support Hotline–Click here.



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