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Bars and Nightclubs Can Reopen, But Still Face Uphill Battle

Last week, local bar owners, the Indiana License Beverage Association and the Indiana Amusement and Music Operators Association shone a light on the toll the Marion County restrictions on bars and taverns are taking. After being closed for most of five months, bars and taverns can reopen today (September 8), but are still restricted to 25% capacity. Meanwhile, restaurants can operate at 50% capacity.

Many of these small businesses are on the verge of closing their doors for good and are just asking for some commonsense guidelines to operate their businesses. Learn more about their stories in these news features that aired last week:


Mayor’s ‘Footloose’ comment offends bar owners struggling after 5 months of closure


Brad Klopfenstein talks negative effects from lockdown


Bars in Indianapolis Reopening on Sept. 8 Under Major Restrictions (WRTV)


Bar and Tavern Owners are Unhappy with Hogsett (IndyPolitics.org)


The story was also featured in the Indianapolis Business Journal. You can also learn more about the situation by following this link.


Legalization of video gaming terminals will offer independent bars and taverns a lifeline after months of closures by bringing in much needed revenue. These small businesses need support from local officials so they can survive the COVID-19 storm and they need support from state legislators to secure their future survival with VGTs.


Learn more at www.VGTsforIndiana.com.



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