As the Indianapolis economy begins to re-emerge from COVID-related closures, Mayor Joe Hogsett and city leaders say new measures will help restaurants and small businesses safely reopen. Measures include fast-tracked permitting and limited street closures for five pedestrian-friendly areas with high commercial activity.
The city says the Dine Out initiative aims to support the recovery of local establishments and hopes to position them to thrive upon reopening. The initiative helps create outdoor seating following extensive engagement with local restaurants and businesses, and includes staff and resources from multiple city departments.
“We are committed to helping ensure that as restaurants and businesses begin to reopen, the safety of employees, business owners, and patrons continues to be a top priority,” said Hogsett. “We recognize how critical small businesses are to the livelihood of our residents, of our economy, and of our character. We will clear as many obstacles as we can to make sure they can continue to be an integral part of the Indianapolis economy.”
The city says interested businesses must complete the application to begin operations on May 22.
The city previously announced the RESTART Grant Program. The program will reimburse Marion County small businesses for personal protective equipment and other expenses related to reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide up to $5,000 to businesses with fewer than 150 employees.
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