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Takin' it to the Streets: Indianapolis Opens Application Process to Expand Outdoor Seating Into Closed-Off Streets - Business Law News

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Posted on: May 20, 2020

By Peter M. Elliott, Indiana Commercial Court

As part of the plans to reopen restaurants while still maintaining proper social distancing under COVID-19 guidelines, the city of Indianapolis is planning on closing off certain streets from vehicular travel to provide venues additional space for outdoor dining. Recently, the Mayor's Office issued a press release announcing the application process for expanding outdoor seating into the closed-off streets. Restaurants seeking to take advantage of the expanded outdoor seating should apply as soon as possible. 

The press release also discusses the City's RESTART Grant Program, which is designed to reimburse small businesses located in Marion County for personal protective equipment and other expenses related to reopening during the COVID19 pandemic. The grants will provide up to $5,000 and are intended for businesses with fewer than 150 employees. More information about signing up for the RESTART Grant Program can be found at response.indychamber.com/restart.

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