Indiana Governor Holcomb announced that Stage 4 of Indiana reopening will begin June 12, which is earlier than initially planned, and will run through July 3. Indianapolis will proceed to Stage 4 of its reopening plan on June 19. Stage 4 highlights include:
- Social gatherings up to 250 people allowed with social distancing;
- Bars, nightclubs, wineries, distilleries and breweries without in-person full service dining may open at 50% capacity;
- Restaurants that serve food may open at 75% capacity and bar seating may be at 50% capacity;
- Cultural, entertainment, sporting, athletic and tourism businesses may open at 50% capacity;
- Large venues may open with social distancing;
- Recreational sports leagues and tournaments may resume;
- Licensed Type II gaming activities;
- Bowling alleys may open at 50%; and
- Amusement parks, water parks, and similar facilities may open at 50% capacity.
Large events such as conventions, sports events, fairs, festivals and parades remain closed.
Read about the Indianapolis Dine Out initiative, which is helping restaurants and businesses looking to expand or add outdoor options as part of the city’s safe reopening plan.
Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission FAQ
- Am I still able to sell alcoholic beverages for carryout without applying for the privilege?
EO 20-32 extends Executive Order 20-11, which allows permittees not otherwise eligible for carryout, to sell alcoholic beverages for carryout until July 3, 2020.
- How can I verify the age of an alcoholic beverage or tobacco or e-liquid purchaser?
It is the responsibility of permittees to ensure alcohol and tobacco are not served or sold to minors. If permittees are unable or unwilling to verify age or identification because the customer cannot or will not remove their mask, then they run the risk that alcohol or tobacco will be served or sold to a minor. Additionally, dealer permittees such as grocery stores and package liquor stores are statutorily-required to check the identification of individuals purchasing alcohol who appear less than 40 years of age. There is no legal requirement to sell or serve alcohol or tobacco to a person if the licensee is not satisfied that the customer is 21 or older. The ATC has suggested that checking ID and having the customer remove their mask could be done at a safe distance, but that is ultimately up to them. Simply put, not removing the mask will not insulate the licensee from liability for serving alcohol to a minor.
- What if I can’t get a County Surveyor Form because the Surveyor’s office is closed?
The ATC is aware that applicants are experiencing delays getting new applications filed for Marion County because of the closure of the Marion County Surveyor’s Office. The ATC will temporarily accept applications for Marion County without the surveyor’s form. The meeting will be scheduled for the local board indicated on the application. When the Marion County Surveyor’s Office reopens, the applicant must submit the county verification form. If the information provided on the application does not match the surveyor’s form, the ATC will not be able to adjust the local board assigned and the applicant will need to withdraw the application and start the application process over. The ATC suggests that the applicant use other means to verify the location’s jurisdiction, including GIS Mapping and prior county surveyor forms for the location, before submitting an application. This exception to submitting a county verification form for Marion County will only be in place until the Marion County Surveyor’s Office reopens. If there are other counties that are closed and not providing county surveyor forms, please let the ATC know and we will evaluate how to proceed.
- Is live music permitted during Stage 4?
- Is curbside service still permitted during Stage 4?
- Is a disc jockey or karaoke considered live music and permitted in Stage 4?