Today (Monday 5/11) marks the second week of “Stage 2” of getting Indiana back on track. However, the reopening only pertains to counties outside of Marion, Lake and Cass counties.

What that means to our neighboring state is that Indiana's 89 other counties can open their restaurants to 50 percent capacity, while the state's personal services, like salons and barbershops, can open their doors again.

According to the state’s guidelines, salons can reopen by appointment only. Workstations also need to be spaced to meet distancing guidelines, and all employees are required to wear a mask.

Unlike salons, restaurants have remained open for carryout and delivery but starting Monday, they can start letting customers back inside. However, the bar seating will remain closed and no live entertainment is allowed.

“It is going to be business as usual — just with fewer people here,” said Tony Priola, owner of The Willard in downtown Franklin.

The restaurant will space out customers in different sections of the building to keep everyone socially distanced. They are also sanitizing tables, menus, chairs and pens after each customer.

To make customers feel even more comfortable, they are also giving everyone an option to use disposable plates and utensils instead of regular flatware.


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