Community Information Regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic



As Greater Lafayette navigates the unprecendented developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, we want you to know that we are aware and closely monitoring the situation. Our first concern is the health and safety of all residents.

A Message to Our City from Mayor Tony Roswarski:

Message #2 to Our City from Mayor Tony Roswarski:

A Note on the Importance of Wearing Face Masks:



Press Release March 24, 2020: Continuation of City Services during Stay at Home order

Please read this press release regarding how the City of Lafayette will provide essential services during the state’s stay at home order. The health and safety of all remains our top priority as we navigate new territory.


Back on Track in the City of Lafayette

In accordance with Governor Eric Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana Plan, our community pools (Castaway Bay & Vinton Pool), playgrounds, Shamrock Dog Park, and park amenities, such as sports courts, picnic shelters, and public restrooms may begin reopening on May 24 (stage three of the Governor’s plan).

As of June 14/stage four of the Governor’s plan, Tropicanoe Cove and the Columbian Park Zoo may open at 50% capacity.

As of July 4, we will enter stage five of the Governor’s plan, and may open Tropicanoe Cove and the Zoo at full capacity.

As we begin to reopen and work through these stages, we ask that you continue to follow CDC guidelines and practice social distancing. We also ask that you understand that the Back on Track Indiana Plan is subject to change based on CDC guidance and other new information. The health and safety of our community continues to be our top priority and we appreciate your patience during these unprecedented times.

Parks Back on Track Schedule

Looking for guidance on how to safely hold a successful garage sale during this time?

Please see this handout.

Garage Sale Guidance During COVID-19


Governor Holcomb’s roadmap to safely reopening Indiana has been released. Visit backontrack.in.gov for details on the guiding principles, business guidelines, a small business marketplace to order PPE supplies (free as of now), and many graphics to explain what opens when.

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The City of Lafayette commends the State for taking proactive measures to protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of the COVID-19 virus. We encourage you remain vigilant and cautious in your daily activities.

April 6, 2020: Governor Holcomb Extends Stay-as-Home Order, Announces Enforcement

Read Executive Order 20-18: it is necessary and proper to take further actions to protect the health, safety and welfare of all Hoosiers

March 23, 2020: Governor Holcomb Issues Stay-at-Home Order

Click here for details and a link to the Executive Order.

Gov. Holcomb Takes More Actions to Protect Hoosers During Public Emergencey

Executive Orders address K-12, Economy, Unemployment, Housing, BMV and more March 19, 2020

Gov. Holcomb Announces More Steps to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Additional initiatives announced March 16, 2020 in this press release

Gov. Holcomb Announces New Steps to Protect Public from COVID-19

Read the March 12, 2020 press release here

More information may be found at the ISDH website at https://on.in.gov/COVID19 and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.


The following text is an email sent from Mayor Roswarski to all City personnel.  This is being shared in an effort to keep all of our citizens fully informed on the precautions and necessary steps local governement is taking with employees and policy to ensure the continuation of services during the COVID-19 situation:

"With the increased apprehensions over the COVID-19 virus we want to ensure our employees we are taking precautions and making conscious efforts to monitor and address concerns as they arise. Please continue to follow reliable resources to stay current and up to date on important information, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Tippecanoe County Health Department for local information. Please be sure to use sound judgment when battling sickness and illnesses, if you are sick, please stay home. Remember to practice good hygiene by washing your hands regularly, avoid touching your face and respect personal space of others.

At this time, we are requesting, any employee whom has traveled out of the United States in the last 3-4 weeks, please let Human Resources know the dates of travel and the destination of your trip. 

We are also requesting any employee whom has plans to travel out of the Country for spring break, please let Human Resources know dates of travel and the destination of your trip. 

Please be sure to watch for signs and symptoms of illness while traveling. If you develop symptoms, per the CDC, which may appear 2-14 days after exposure, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath or if you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, please do not return to work when you are back from your trip until you have spoken with your Department Head or Human Resources.

If you suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, per the CDC you should stay home (except to receive necessary medical treatment), avoid public areas, avoid public transportation, stay away from others as much as possible, wash your hands often with soap and water, use hand sanitizer products that are 60% alcohol based and avoid touching your face."

You can also hear Mayor Roswarski speak on the topic of coronavirus on this WBAA.org radio show "Ask the Mayor" air date March 13, 2020. 


noticeInformation Regarding Community Mitigation Strategies

Press Release: City Hall to Stay with Modified Hours (June 15, 2020)

Press Release: City Hall Reopens with Modified Hours May 26, 2020 (May 21, 2020)

Press Release: Parking Operations to Resume Enforcement of 2- and 3- hour Parking Zones Downtown (May 7, 2020)

Press Release: City Hall Will Remain Closed Until Further Notice (May 1, 2020)

Press Release: Utility Billing Office Suspends Water Disconnects (March 16, 2020)

Press Release: Lafayette Housing Authority Lobby Closed, Meeting Canceled (March 13, 2020)

Press Release: Utility Billing Office Suspends In-Person Payments (March 12, 2020)

Press Release: Open Letter from Police Chief Patrick Flannelly (March 11, 2020)



Information and Guidelines

Tippecanoe County Health Department Directives and Announcements

April 8, 2020 - Mass Gatherings Prohibited through June 30, 2020 

April 6, 2020 ‐ Directives for Essential Businesses within Tippecanoe County

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Symptoms: Coronavirus/Cold/Flu/Allergies

Watch this informative video explaining what really happens in a pandemic. Produced by PBS.









Use of Cloth Face Coverings

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Business Resources

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**UPDATE May 1, 2020: all funds from the $400,000 Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Small Business Assistance Program impacted by COVID-19 have been allocated for area applicants.

The City of Lafayette is pleased to announce that limited CDBG funds are available to those businesses impacted by COVID-19. Funds are limited and businesses must qualify. Details and application can be found here.

Indiana Unemployment Insurance

Claimant Frequently Asked Questions - updated April 7, 2020


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Support your local businesses! Click on the sign for a list of restaurants offering carryout service. Many have delivery options as well.