Preparing for the Path of Totality: The Marion County Public Health Department’s Eclipse Safety Plan

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

The Marion County Public Health Department in Indianapolis is taking steps to ensure the public’s safety during the upcoming total solar eclipse. Dr. Virginia A. Caine, director and chief medical officer of the health department, highlighted the importance of protecting vision and ensuring the safety of first responders who will be navigating through increased traffic.

To prepare the community for this event, the health department will be distributing eclipse glasses and safe-viewing information at several events across the city. The 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.

As Indianapolis falls within the path of totality on eclipse day, April 8, there is a significant concern for heavy traffic and a large number of visitors traveling to the area. In response to this, the health department will be closing all offices and clinics on April 8 to help manage traffic flow and ensure public safety.

For more information on eclipse glasses giveaway events or general inquiries, individuals can contact WRTV reporter Vic Ryckaert at or find him on Twitter: @vicryc

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