The Marion County Department of Public Health in Indianapolis is taking precautions for the upcoming total solar eclipse by distributing eclipse glasses at various events around the city next week. Dr. Virginia A. Kane, director of the department, emphasized the importance of safeguarding vision and ensuring the safety of first responders as traffic is predicted to increase significantly during the eclipse.

To promote public health and safety, the health department will be providing information on safe viewing practices at several events, including Lafayette Square Mall on April 2, Washington Square Mall on April 4, and a special open house at the Marion County Public Health Department on April 6. Attendees can also receive additional services such as sports screenings, dental exams, blood pressure checks, childhood vaccines, and flu and Covid-19 shots during these events.

On the day of totality on April 8th in Indianapolis, when the moon will completely block out the sun, public safety officials anticipate heavy traffic and a significant number of visitors coming to town for this event. In preparation for this influx of people, VRTV reporter Vic Rickaert has been provided with contact information to help provide additional information on safety protocols during this time. Individuals can reach him via email at victor.rickaert@vrtv.com or follow him on Twitter @vicric

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