Preparing for the Total Solar Eclipse: How Indianapolis is Safeguarding the Public’s Health and Safety During this Historic Event

Health Department Distributing Eclipse Glasses at Drive-Through Locations and Open House Event

In anticipation of the upcoming total solar eclipse, the Marion County Public Health Department in Indianapolis is taking proactive measures to ensure the safety and well-being of the public during this event. Dr. Virginia A. Caine, director and chief medical officer of the health department, emphasized the importance of protecting vision and ensuring the safety of first responders who will be navigating through increased traffic.

To help prepare the community for the eclipse, the health department will be hosting several events across the city where attendees can receive eclipse glasses and safe-viewing information. These events include a drive-through giveaway at Lafayette Square Mall on Tuesday, April 2 and Washington Square Mall on Thursday, April 4. Additionally, an open house will be held at the Marion County Public Health Department on Saturday, April 6, where attendees can also receive health screenings, vaccines, and other services.

Indianapolis falls within the path of totality on eclipse day, April 8th. With a significant influx of visitors traveling to the area and heavy traffic anticipated, there is a concern for public safety. In response to this concern, all offices and clinics at Marion County Public Health Department will be closed on eclipse day to help manage traffic flow and ensure everyone’s safety during this historic event.

For more information about these events or general inquiries regarding eclipse glasses or other concerns related to this event please contact WRTV reporter Vic Ryckaert at victor.ryckaert@wrtv.com or find him on Twitter: @vicryc

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