TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The local health department has been working hard to catch up with inspections. It started after a delay during the 2020 lock down, but it's not necessarily bad news.
A health department official said a surprising amount of new businesses has been keeping them busy.
"On average we do three or four, but we do consumer complaints as well," said Tippecanoe County Health Department Food/Pool Service Director Stacie Rees. "So, sometimes that dictates our day."
Rees said they've been busy with daily inspections.
"We're seeing a lot of owners and operators a lot more frequently, you know, because everybody is having to be all hands on deck right now, but we're really working together, and we're really doing a great job as a community," she said.
Rees said it's not unusual, but what she said is surprising is the number of new businesses opening their doors during a pandemic.
"We've had a lot of new ones," Rees said. "I'm really shocked by the new establisments that are here and still going strong. From 'mom and pop' to corporate."
Greater Lafayette Commerce Business Success Consultant Mark Lowe said the local economy has rebounded since the the 2020 lockdown.
"Many places that may have closed or temporarily shuttered are now open and then new places are saying, 'Hey, this is a great community to have a business in. Let's do something.'" he said. "So, it's really a reflection of how strong our local economy is."
Rees said she appreciates the cooperation and patience of local businesses as they try to get back to pre-pandemic work flow.
"We've all kind of been on this ship trying to move forward together," said Rees. "So, I will say that I am very proud of this community, expecially the restaurant industry."
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