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How to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 at Voting Sites

INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County Health Department is encouraging voters to “Be the One” who follows coronavirus safety recommendations when going to the polls on Nov. 3.

The following steps will help voters and poll workers stay safe and minimize health risks during COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask. When putting on or taking off a face covering, use hand sanitizer before and after use, and have an extra mask available. The mask should cover the nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact. When possible, stay at least six feet apart from other people, even if they’re wearing masks.
  • Clean your hands often. Wash hands or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol before entering and after leaving the polling place.

“Holding an election during COVID-19 is a tremendous challenge, but it can be done safely,” said Virginia A. Caine, M.D., director and chief medical officer of the Marion County Public Health Department. “Let’s all make a commitment and agree to follow some simple COVID-19 guidelines that protect the health of everyone who chooses to vote in-person this election.”

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