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City continues fast-tracking outdoor permits for bars, restaurants seeking to reopen this weekend

Bars can open to 50%, restaurants to 75% on Friday, June 19.
Posted at 1:55 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 14:03:19-04

INDIANAPOLIS — As Indianapolis bars prepare to reopen this weekend, the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services announced Monday that it's still allowing businesses to utilize it's fast-tracked permitting process to use outdoor space as they plan to reopen creatively.

Since May 22, temporary seating permits have been issued to 101 restaurants and businesses looking to expand or add outdoor options as part of the city's staged reopening plan. The license is a requirement for any bar or restaurant interested in adding or expanding outdoor seating.

"As more of Indianapolis begins to reopen, the safety of employees, business owners, and patrons continues to be a top priority," Brian Madison, Director of BNS, said. "We are committed to clearing as many obstacles as we can to ensure that these businesses remain an integral part of our economy."

Street closures have continued on Mass Ave., Broad Ripple Ave., and Georgia Street as part of the Dine Out Indy initiative, which will remain in place through July 4.

Starting Friday, June 19, the Marion County Public Health Department will allow bars to reopen at 50% capacity and restaurants at 75% total size for both indoor and outdoor spaces.

To get more information, or to apply for a permit, visit indy.gov/dineout.