Indiana Removes Restaurant Capacity Restrictions

Citing a statewide infection rate that is hovering around 4%, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced today that his state would enter Stage 5 of its reopening plan on Saturday, which allows for “full capacity” for restaurants in bars.

However, according to Stage 5 guidelines, bars and restaurants may open at full capacity, yet they also must maintain physical distancing requirements, which could mean they cannot physically accommodate full capacity. Phase 5 also requires face coverings for customers and staff, and all customers must remain seated. This phase would last until Oct. 17.

Other requirements of Phase 5 provide organizers of events with more than 500 people, must submit a written plan to local health departments.

Additionally, senior centers, personal services, fitness centers may resume physical locations with social distancing restrictions in place.

Holcomb said the move comes because of a steady level of infection levels. According to data from the Indiana State Department of Health, seven-day positivity rate is 3.9%, down from 6.4% on July 27, when a statewide mask mandate was ordered.

“We’re moving in the right direction, but I’m going be faithful to following the data,” Holcomb said. “If something changes in the future for the better or worse, we have to make adjustments as well. We have to be loyal to the data that’s driving our decisions.”

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