Indiana restaurants open Monday to 50% in-dining capacity

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Monday, May 11, will be the first day for restaurants to resume dine-in service and for personal service businesses to accept appointments since the state lockdown began six weeks ago, but face shields are a requirement for reopening.

Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association president Patrick Tamm says the marketplace will be a lifeline for some restaurants who otherwise wouldn’t be able to purchase the needed equipment.

But Tamm says it’ll be a “challenging” decision for some restaurants to decide whether to open up on the first day.

Governor Holcomb’s order allowing onsite dining to resume limits restaurants to half their usual capacity, and Tamm acknowledges some customers may still be reluctant to venture out. He says restaurants will have to assess their price point, location, and market niche.

Indiana’s two largest counties, Marion and Lake, can’t resume dine-in service until at least May 18 under Holcomb’s order, and the state’s hardest-hit county, Cass, must wait till at least Memorial Day. Monroe County, including the city of Bloomington, has issued its own local lockdown through May 15.

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