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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 May 22, 2020, at 1:41 p.m.



Public Health Order



What you need to know

• Monroe County Public Health Authority issued a new Public Health Order effective on May 16 moving the county into Phase Two of the Governor's plan (with some limitations). The new order is effective until at least May 31. See the graphic above for an At-A-Glance look. You can read the full order at


• Mayor Hamilton joined elected officials from Monroe County and Ellettsville to affirm their continued coordination in maintaining current public health guidelines through May 15, as per the public health order issued by the Monroe County Public Health Authority this afternoon. The local public health order does not track with the timeline of the Governor's Executive Roadmap for Reopening Indiana, issued earlier today, but was issued to protect the health of residents of Monroe County, where public health indicators do not yet demonstrate a decline in the incidence of COVID-19.  Residents are to continue staying in their homes and restaurants to offer carry-out and delivery service only. Click here to read the order. 


• Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has issued his Roadmap for Reopening Indiana. Click here to view. This roadmap does not include Monroe County at this time per the Public Health Order issued today by the Monroe County Public Health Authority. Monroe County remains in Phase Two until at least May 31.  


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


• The U.S. Census has 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 has been postponed from May 5 to June 2–click here for more information


• Governor Holcomb has closed K-12 schools through the end of the academic year. Monroe County Community School Corporation has determined its final day of virtual instruction will be May 7.


• 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 at the Travellodge on East Third Street through an FSSA (Indiana's Family and Social Services Agency) grant or 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.


• Bloomington City Hall and other facilities are closed to the public in an effort to limit the opportunity for viral transmission in the community and the City workforce. You can still access services online or by contacting the various City departments here


• Parks and trails continue to be open to visitors from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, but playgrounds, basketball courts, and workout stations will be closed and marked off with caution tape and signs. Indoor Parks facilities, including Twin Lakes Recreation Center, the Allison-Jukebox Center, and the Banneker Center, are closed to the public. Pets should remain on leashes per City ordinance.


• Because the COVID-19 virus can live on trash items for up to three days, trash should be placed in a bag and the bag should be tied before being placed in the cart. Residents’ trash and recycling continue to be collected weekly on a regular operating schedule


• The Animal Shelter will pause adoptions in compliance with the Stay At Home Order put in place by Governor Holcomb. Adoption appointments that have already been scheduled will be honored at this time. If you are interested in adopting an animal, we encourage you to fill out an online application. We plan to offer over the phone adoption counseling and will move forward with setting up an appointment to complete the adoption and pick up your new pet. Please note that pickups may not happen until after the order has been lifted. Adoptable animals can be viewed here.


• The Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) has suspended routine rental inspections of all existing properties through May 8. Off-cycle inspections prompted by tenants’ complaints will continue but may be delayed as a public health precaution.


• 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. 


• City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) has taken steps to ensure that all treatment plants and other operations will operate safely during the crisis and that any emergencies will be handled in a timely manner. To report an issue related to water, sewer, or stormwater, or to contact CBU after hours, please call 812-339-1444.


• CBU has discontinued service disconnections and is expanding support programs for customers who are unable to pay their bills.  More information is available here. Customer service during business hours is available by phone at 812-349-3930 and by email at Customers are encouraged not to enter the CBU main office (600 East Miller Drive) but to make cash or check payments at the exterior payment drop box. 


• The City will offer one two-hour free parking session per day at downtown meters and in surface lots in order to facilitate ongoing commerce. Parkers who intend to leave their vehicle at a metered space longer than two hours will be required to pay normal hourly rates.


Stop the Germs


City of Bloomington Reopening Documents

Healthy City Operations Workplace Protocols Manual–Click here.

Cleaning and PPE Use Protocol Manual–Click here.



COVID-19 Press Releases

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

May 22: 

May 15: Virtual Press Conference about COVID-19–Click here.

May 8: Virtual Press Conference about COVID-19–Click here.

May 1: Virtual Press Conference about COVID-19–Click here.

April 24: Virtual Press Conference about COVID-19–Click here.

April 17: Virtual Press Conference about COVID-19–Click here.

April 10: Virtual Press Conference about COVID-19–Click here.

April 3: Virtual Press Conference about COVID-19–Click here.

March 27: Virtual Press Conference about COVID-19–Click here.

March 23: Virtual Press Conference about COVID-19–Click here.



Mayor Hamilton Video Messages and Interviews

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

May 18: Click here for Mayor Hamilton's COVID-19 Update Video. Click here for the transcript.

May 11: Click here for Mayor Hamilton's COVID-19 Update Video. Click here for the transcript.

May 4: Click here for Mayor Hamilton's COVID-19 Update Video. Click here for the transcript. 

April 27: Click here for Mayor Hamilton's Video Message to Community. Click here for the 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 Mayor Hamilton's Video Message. Click here for the transcript.

March 30: Mayor Hamilton Video Message–Click here.

March 20: Click here for Mayor Hamilton's Video Message. Click here for the transcript.

March 18: Click here for Mayor Hamilton's Video Message. Click here for the 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.

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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