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Welcome Back State Employees!

For all of the state of Indiana employees who have been away from Indiana Government Center and other state facilities because of the COVID-19 pandemic—Welcome Back!

It’s been a while for some, but coming back together to work, create, and innovate for our fellow Hoosiers will keep Indiana moving.

On this page, you’ll find lots of information regarding the Return to the Office timeline, policy information, what to do if you’re sick, and other resources to make the return as smooth as possible. There are also some tips to help you take advantage of what downtown Indianapolis has to offer!

We’re glad to see all state employees back in the Indiana Government Center and state facilities more regularly.

A message from State Health Commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box

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Check out this video from the Indiana Department of Health for a short message from State Health Commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box.


Return to the Office Timeline

June 7

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Beginning Monday, June 7, all agency heads, senior staff and supervisors should report to their pre-pandemic work locations full time.

June 21

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No later than Monday, June 21, all non-supervisory employees should report to their pre-pandemic work locations at least 50 percent of their work week.

July 6

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No later than Tuesday, July 6, all employees should report to their pre-pandemic locations full time.

Vaccine Information

Vaccines are not required, but highly recommended before returning to the office.

There is a free mobile COVID-19 vaccination and testing clinic on the Robert D. Orr Plaza at Indiana Government Center every Thursday as part of the Statehouse Market. Walk-ins are accepted, but you can make an appointment for this or many other vaccine clinics through www.ourshot.in.gov, or by calling 2-1-1

Employee Resources

Upcoming Events & Activities

Childcare Resources

Employees who are unable to return to work because of childcare challenges related to COVID-19 should explore the childcare solutions available across Indiana.

Indiana families have two easy, free services to help them find care.

  1. The FSSA Child Care Finder can assist employees in finding childcare on the way to and from work. This search tool is easy to use and allows families to apply filters to narrow their search by a specific location, age group, or provider type. The FSSA Child Care Finder generates results limited to providers currently licensed or registered with the state of Indiana.
  2. Families can also call the Brighter Futures Indiana staff at 1-800-299-1627 from Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. or Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Financial support for childcare is also available.

  1. In May 2021, Build Learn Grow launched a scholarship fund to help rebuild early care and education enrollment. The program offers families of essential workers scholarships covering up to 80% of their childcare costs for kids age 0-12, including summer programming and camps. Initially, a family needed to be at or below 250% of the federal poverty level to qualify; however, those restrictions were recently removed and a family at any income level can qualify if at least one parent works in an essential service. Families can visit Brighter Futures Indiana to complete an application and review programs in Indiana that have already agreed to accept the scholarship.
  2. Families can visit the Brighter Futures Financial Support page to explore other financial support opportunities as well as other early care and education and out-of-school programming for Indiana families.

For employees working in or near Indiana Government Center, Day Early Learning Government Center is located on the Indiana Government Center campus. The Center offers discounts to state employees. Learn more at their website: Day Early Learning.

Senate Avenue Parking Facility

The repair work currently underway at the Senate Avenue parking facility is focused on maintaining select areas of the concrete decking (specifically repair to damaged tendons and protective traffic membrane). The project involves several areas of the facility from the basement levels up to the roof and is expected to be completed in October of 2021.

To minimize the project’s impact on the availability of parking, the contractor completes these repairs in phases to limit the work to smaller areas. At any given time, the work will restrict no more that 147 spaces, leaving nearly 2,600 spaces available. While it may be necessary for areas of the entry and exit lanes to be closed during the repairs, no more than two lanes will be closed at once to limit the impact to the flow of traffic in and out of the facility. The closure of entry and exit lanes will be communicated via govdelivery to subscribers to the parking notices and alerts. To sign up for the alerts, please visit: https://on.in.gov/govpark. Make sure to select “Government Center Parking Alerts” under “Government Center Parking Services” to receive these alerts.

IGC – Cafés

The cafés and coffee stations will be open during the following hours:

  • South Café: Breakfast Service 7 to 9 a.m.; Lunch Service 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • North Café: Breakfast Carryout 7 to 9 a.m.; Lunch Carryout 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • North Coffee Station: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • South Coffee Stations: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The south café continues to offer a full grill menu and two rotating made-to-order feature bars. An expanded grab-n-go area will offer full boxed lunches and pre-packaged items from the daily menus. Customers may also pre-order and purchase food and drinks using the café’s online menu. Online orders will be packaged and placed in a convenient pickup area just inside the café entry. The functionality of the online ordering system is currently finalizing its testing.

Beginning the week of June 7, the north café will offer an expanded menu of box lunches and prepackaged carryout entrée items during breakfast and lunch service hours.

The north and south coffee stations offer a full menu of made-to-order hot and cold beverages, as well as various breakfast and lunch grab-n-go food items, oatmeal, pastries, soup, and sandwiches that will remain available throughout the day.

The spaces of the cafés will continue to receive enhanced sanitation, particularly during and after the service hours. When possible, food offerings are served by kitchen staff to eliminate the number of utensils and shared surfaces touched by customers. Hand sanitizing stations are positioned throughout the cafeteria service and self-service sanitizing wipes are available in the seating areas. The service lines and counters are sanitized routinely throughout the breakfast and lunch service, as well as the complete sanitation of the seating area at the end of the lunch service (including all tables and chairs) using hospital grade disinfectant. Signage is posted throughout the service area and in the queue leading up the registers requiring the use of facial coverings, encouraging social distancing, and indicating where to stand to maintain six feet of distance. Lastly, tables in the seating area are positioned a minimum of six (6) feet apart.