Indiana will implement a statewide mask mandate until further notice. Masks or face coverings must be worn by anyone over the age of eight (8) when in indoor spaces, using public transportation or outside when you’re not socially or physically distanced from someone who isn’t in your household. Exceptions will be made for medical purposes, strenuous physical activity, eating and drinking. Masks will be strongly recommended for those ages 2-7. Find more details here.
Indiana is currently in Stage 5 of Indiana’s Back on Track Plan as our state safely reopens as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To find out more about Indiana’s Back on Track Plan, click here. However, local restrictions are in place in Howard County starting Monday, Nov. 23, including 75% capacity for businesses and restaurants.
During Stage 5, you can expect 6-foot social distancing guidelines, increased safety measures, and face covering/mask requirements throughout the state. Find more details here.
So, what does this mean for visitors and which locations in Kokomo and Howard County are now open?
Hotels – All Kokomo hotels are open with enhanced safety measures in place. Find a complete list of hotels here.
Restaurants – Kokomo restaurants are open for dine-in eating at 75% capacity with social distancing guidelines and increased safety measures. Carry-out is still available at most all locations. Bars (and bar seating in restaurants) are open at 75% capacity with social distancing guidelines. Find a complete list of restaurants here.
Retail Shops – Retail stores and malls are open at 75% capacity with social distancing guidelines in place. Find a list of local shops here.
Visitor Centers – Kokomo’s main Visitor Center located inside the Inventrek Technology Park and the downtown Visitor Center located inside the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library are open. Find visitor guides, city maps, trail maps and more. Find more information here.
Trails & Parks – All trails and parks are open. Find trail experience maps here. To explore local trails, you can rent a bike at Koko-Go Free Ride Bike Share in downtown (located directly behind Foxes Trail Restaurant.) Bike rentals are FREE! Maximum rental time is 3 hours. Open daily. Find out more here.
Fairs, Concerts & Events – Although many community events have canceled or postponed, there are still plenty of options of family-friendly events planned. Find out which events are happening this year in Kokomo here. Find dates and information for local holiday events here.
Movie theaters and bowling alleys (and similar facilities) may operate at full capacity. Raceways, including Kokomo Speedway, may operate at full grandstand capacity.
Under Stage 5 of Indiana’s Back on Track Plan, tourism sites and attractions may open at full capacity. Here are the local attractions currently open in Kokomo and Howard County.
The Howard County Museum inside the historic Seiberling Mansion is now open at full capacity. New safety measures implemented include enhanced cleaning measures, social distanced touring and hand sanitizer stations. Face coverings or masks are required for all guests (and staff/volunteers) and masks can be purchased at the door for $1. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 1-4 p.m. Learn more about the Seiberling Mansion here.
Elwood Haynes Museum is open at full capacity with social distanced touring. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. Masks or face coverings are required. Learn more about the Elwood Haynes Museum here.
Kokomo Opalescent Glass factory tours have resumed. Tour groups will be limited to 10 people or less to accommodate social distanced touring. (Multiple groups may be taken on tours if needed.) Masks are required to tour the factory and/or visit the gift shop. In addition, they request you call ahead and schedule your tour in advance by calling 765-457-1829. Tours are available at 10 a.m. Monday – Friday. Learn about Kokomo Opalescent Glass here.
Greentown Glass Museum is open at full capacity. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 1-4 p.m. Masks or face coverings are required. Learn more about the Greentown Glass Museum here.
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