Earlier this week city officials in Madison were anxiously awaiting a decision by Gov. Eric Holcomb that would allow Madison to reopen its basketball and tennis courts, ball fields, skate park and many other parks facilities as early as Sunday, but that wait ended even sooner with Holcomb’s announcement Wednesday that his Back on Track Indiana Plan will shift to Stage 3 effective Friday.

Holcomb announced that because state health indicators remain positive, most of the Indiana will advance to Stage 3 on Friday.

“We continue to remain vigilant about protecting Hoosiers’ health while taking responsible steps to further open our state’s economy,” Holcomb said. “Moving to Stage 3 is possible because Hoosiers across the state have worked together and made sacrifices to slow the spread.”

Madison officials quickly followed suit by announcing a reopening of facilities in conjunction with the governor’s plans as quickly as safety precautions can be put in place to insure the least amount of risk possible to residents.

“We look forward to taking this next step towards reopening our city. The City of Madison is moving in the right direction due to our residents’ perseverance during this difficult time. Please know that we are continuing to be vigilant in protecting our community’s health and well-being and will make adjustments to the opening of these facilities if needed,” Mayor Bob Courtney said.

By the end of this coming week most city parks and properties will be reopened to the public but with some continued restrictions. The main exception is city playgrounds, which had been projected to open in Stage 3, but now will remain closed.

City basketball courts and the skate park reopened Friday. Hand sanitizer stations have been installed at the city dog park, tennis courts and basketball courts.

The city campground along the Ohio River also reopened — reservations can be made by calling the campground attendant at 812-265-8333 — and the bathrooms at the campground will be cleaned and sanitized daily.

On Tuesday, the historic Brown Gym will reopen with the building scheduled for daily cleaning and sanitation.

After hoping to reopen Rucker Sports Complex as early as Sunday, a decision was made to delay that until Tuesday in order to complete the staffing, training and sanitation procedures necessary to make Madison’s biggest sports facility as safe as possible. Fields at the complex will be available as a local green space for the community and available for use by local travel teams who need a safe place to practice. Practice fields will be limited to one team per field and 100 people or less in the designated area. Spectators will not be permitted to attend practices at this time. For more information about the facilities and the related policies, call the Parks Department at 812-265-8308.

It should be noted that the Governor’s Stage 3 reopening restricts the size of crowd gatherings to 100 people and social distancing guidelines should still be followed.

On Monday, June 1, all City of Madison public meetings will begin meeting in City Hall regularly — most boards and commissions have held video teleconference meeting over the last several weeks — with the meetings open to the public, but with crowd-size gathering and social distancing guidelines enforced.

Meanwhile, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days and the state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators and ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic as well as health care workers, first responders, and front line employees.

At the same time, with the lifting of more restrictions and with more people returning to work, visiting stores and restaurants, and participating in more activities, the number of COVID-19 cases will likely increase. If the number of cases and need for critical care beds and ventilators increases reaches threatening levels, all or portions of the state may need to pause on moving forward or even return to an earlier phase of the governor’s stay-at-home order.

Hoosiers 65 and over and those with high-risk health conditions — those most vulnerable to the coronavirus — should still remain at home as much as possible. Face coverings in public places are recommended. Hoosiers who can work from home are encouraged to continue to do so, said Holcomb’s order.

However, if health indicators remain positive, the state predicts moving to Stage 4 in mid-June.

Here is a list of the new guidelines includes in Stage 3:

— Social gatherings of up to 100 people will be permitted following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines.

— Retail and commercial businesses may open at 75% capacity. Shopping malls can open at 75% capacity with indoor common areas restricted to 50% capacity.

— Gyms, fitness centers, yoga studios, martial arts studios, and similar facilities may open with restrictions. Class sizes should be limited. Equipment must be spaced to accommodate social distancing and cleaned after each use. No contact activities are permitted.

— Community pools may open according to CDC guidance. Community tennis and basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields, YMCA programs, and similar facilities may open with social gathering and social distancing guidelines in place.

— Community recreational youth and adult sports leagues may resume practices and conditioning while adhering to social gathering and social distancing guidelines. Contact sports, such as lacrosse and football, are prohibited, but conditioning and non-contact drills may take place.

—Youth summer day camps may open on June 1.

— Raceways may open with restrictions and no spectators.

— Campgrounds may open with restrictions, including social distancing and sanitation precautions. State park inns will reopen.

— Restaurants and bars with restaurant services may continue to operate at 50% capacity, but bar seating must remain closed. Personal services such as hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors may continue to be open by appointment only and must follow social distancing guidelines.

— Movie theaters and playgrounds, which had been projected to open in Stage 3, will remain closed. Movie theaters are now projected to open along with other entertainment facilities and venues during Stage 4. Playgrounds are to be determined.