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TCHD: Bars and restaurants can now be open until 1 a.m.

The Tippecanoe County Health Department and the Tippecanoe County Board of Health announced Wednesday that restaurants, bars and nightclubs are now allowed to have hours of operation until 1:00 A.M.

Posted: Sep 30, 2020 4:16 PM
Updated: Sep 30, 2020 4:21 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Health Department and the Tippecanoe County Board of Health announced Wednesday that restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are now allowed to have hours of operation until 1:00 A.M. It also states that outdoor seating is now allowed at 100% capacity provided that social distancing is observed.

The Health Officer's order, issued on September 9, 2020, will be amended to include the easing of the restrictions. 

The order requires the following:

  1. Indoor restaurant capacity shall continue to be limited to 75% of available seating provided that social distancing of at least 6 feet is maintained. Outdoor capacity of 100% of available seating is permitted provided that social distancing of at least 6 feet is maintained.
  2. Indoor bar capacity shall continue to be limited to 50% of available seating provided that social distancing of at least 6 feet is maintained. Outdoor capacity of 100% of available seating is permitted provided that social distancing of at least 6 feet is maintained.
  3. Patrons of restaurants, bars and nightclubs are required to remain seated at tables, or at the bar when bar-top service is permitted. Restaurants, bars and nightclubs are permitted to offer bar-top service until 9 pm for patrons who are dining provided social distancing of 6 feet is maintained between parties seated at the bar. Table-top service is required for patrons not seated at the bar.
  4. Dance floors shall not be used. Game areas, such as for billiards, pinball, and darts, will be limited to only those patrons actually participating in the use of those facilities.
  5. Restaurants, bars and nightclubs shall be limited in the hours that patrons will be served: Such facilities shall close, with patrons having left the facility, no later than 1:00 AM. Restaurants may open for in-person dining at 5:00 AM; bars and nightclubs may open as permitted by applicable regulatory authority.
  6. This Order does not apply to drive through, curbside, and delivery services provided by restaurants, bars and nightclubs when such services are provided in a manner expected to minimize the risk of Covid 19 transmission.

The amended order will go into effect on Friday, October 2, and is available on the Tippecanoe County Health Department’s website.

Governor Holcomb's Stage 5 Executive Order 20-43 allows counties to impose more stringent requirements than those specified in the Executive Order.

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