Here, in a nutshell, is the reopening plan for Marion County announced Wednesday by Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett:
Friday, May 15
– Limits on public gatherings, including religious services, will be increased from 10 to 25 people or fewer.
– Non-essential retail stores, including those at malls, may reopen at 50 percent capacity with social distancing.
– Indianapolis Public Library branches may begin providing curbside pickup only.
– Restaurants may open for outdoor seating with strict social distancing guidelines.
June 1 or later
– Indoor seating may be allowed at restaurants at 50 percent capacity.
– Salons and other personal services may reopen with social distancing, if data allows.
– Non-essential manufacturing and industrial activities may reopen.
– The city and the Marion County Health Department plan to offer access to free face coverings for all Marion County residents. More information will be coming.
– A $5 million grant program with the Indy Chamber will provide reimbursements of up to $5,000 for qualified PPE expenses for small businesses.
– Businesses interested in PPE reimbursement can go to visit www.response.indychamber.com/restart to sign up to receive updates.
– Restaurants seeking ways to expand outdoor seating space can visit www.indy.gov/activity/temporary-outdoor-seating.