Bars, restaurants can soon open at full capacity, Gov. Holcomb announces

Bars, restaurants can soon open at full capacity, Gov. Holcomb announces
Indiana will move to stage five of its reopening plane in a few days, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced. (Source: kauz)

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Indiana bars and restaurants will soon be able to operate without any capacity restrictions as Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the state is going forward with the reopening plan.

Starting on Saturday, Sept. 26, the state will move to stage five of the reopening plane, which still requires facial coverings to be worn.

This stage allows bars and restaurants that serve food to open at full capacity.

These businesses must keep appropriate social distances between tables and keep bar section customers seated, the governor announced on Wednesday.

Nightclubs can also open at full capacity on Sept. 26, but Gov. Holcomb said they must keep customers seated and socially distanced.

Size limitations for social gatherings and meetings will also be removed under stage five, the governor explained.

Events with more than 500 people must submit a written to the local health department, he said.

Indoor and outdoor venues can operate at full capacity starting on Sept. 26.

Stage five allows for gyms, fitness centers, and workout facilities to restart normal operations, according to Gov. Holcomb.

The governor also said senior centers and congregate nutrition sites may reopen based on Family and Social Services Administration guidance.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are required to provide visitation opportunities under stage five.

This fifth stage of the reopening plane begins Sept. 26 and is expected to last through Oct. 17, Gov. Holcomb stated.

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