Indiana restaurants, bars back open at full capacity

Restaurant owners react to Indiana's stage 5 reopening

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (FOX19) - Indiana bars and restaurants are open without any capacity restrictions once again.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced last week Indiana would be to stage five of the reopening plan starting on Sept. 26.

This stage allows bars and restaurants that serve food to open at full capacity, but facial coverings are still required.

Opening at full capacity is a big step for places like Strong’s Pizzeria and Beebs & Bubs.

Employees say they are happy to be able to bring in more revenue and they think the residents of Lawrenceburg are ready to get out and about.

“In the very beginning it was very, very slow," explained Betty Strong, Strong’s Pizzeria owner. "We just did carry-outs and delivery we’ve just ran the restaurant with a three-man crew and then I guess March, April we went to 30 and it’s been pretty steady, but of course everybody stepped down a lot. But we’ve really picked up in the last month too.”

Beebs & Bubs had a steady flow of customers through their doors on Wednesday.

The owner said he has seen more people out walking in the area now that Indiana is under stage five of the plan.

“As we’ve been getting back in you’ve seen it grow, but when they went to level five there’s no doubt we have been much busier," explained Matt Davis, Beebs & Bubs owner. "Even the online orders walkthrough traffic, so it has been absolutely fantastic and obviously as a small business we definitely appreciate that.”

Even with his restaurant open to full capacity, Davis chose not to bring back all of his tables.

“I [Davis] actually like the way it is a little bit more, spaced out because we’re obviously more of a pass-through restaurant,” Davis said.

When asked if they worried about COVID-19 increases because capacity restrictions are lifted, Strong and Davis said they think it is possible.

“Well, I’m sure they probably will," said Strong "It’s just going to be that way for a while especially until they find something to control it.”

“I’m hoping it doesn’t go up," Davis stated. "I think we still have a lot to learn about this. I think we have an idea, but not fully, so yes it might but I think the economy has to continue we have to continue as a small business so that’s very important.”

This fifth stage of the reopening is expected to last through Oct. 17, Gov. Holcomb stated.

Indiana restaurants, bars back open at full capacity

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