Eating places in Southern Indiana Put together to Open at Half Capability Information

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) – restaurants may reopen their dining rooms May 11 at 50% capacity, according to new guidelines issued by Governor Eric Holcomb on Friday.

“If you work right, you can make a little money, but not a lot,” said Phil Caldwell, owner of Hoopsters Grill in Jeffersonville. “The big thing is, it’s a start.”

The restaurant is making changes to its seating areas to meet social distancing guidelines. That means there is no seating at the bar, more space between patio tables, and certain tables in the restaurant are inaccessible to keep 6 feet apart, Caldwell said.

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said he looks forward to getting the going again, including like the summer concert series.

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore

“I definitely want to get things rolling, certainly by early July,” he said.

Moore said he plans to follow Holcomb’s steps to reopen the economy and health officials would remain part of the conversation.

“We will continue to listen to the experts and take the advice they give us,” said Moore.

As southern Indiana prepares for its return to life across the river, Louisville restaurants have no government-led reopening plans yet.

Caldwell said, “We have to get our country going again. If everyone does this right I think it will work.”

Also on May 11th, Hoosiers can only return to barber shops, hair salons, spas and tattoo parlors by appointment only.

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