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Bloomington bars and restaurants serving alcohol can stay open until 2 a.m. beginning Thursday

Updated public health regulations were sent to The Bloomingtonian in a press release from the Monroe County Health Department, which will allow bars and restaurants serving alcohol to stay open until 2 a.m. starting March 4, 2021.

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“Bars and restaurants, which serve alcoholic beverages, shall continue to follow Monroe County’s and the Governor’s Order in all ways, except that they shall close no later than 2:00 a.m. each day. Restaurants that do not serve alcoholic beverages are not subject to early closure.”

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Here is the text of the press release:

“PUBLIC HEALTH REGULATION AND ORDER, UPDATED ON MARCH 3, 2021EFFECTIVE MARCH 4, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.PURSUANT TO STATE AND LOCAL LAW, INCLUDING INDIANA CODE § 16-20-1 et seq. On February 2, 2021, the Monroe County Board of Health (“Board”) met and reviewed the Health Regulations previously put in effect and received an update regarding the COVID-19 statistics for Monroe County and the State of Indiana. The Board specifically allowed, by delegation of their powers, the Health Officer Thomas W. Sharp, in consultation with the Department of Health Administrator Penny Caudill, the ability to adjust restrictions, in any particular area, as required in order to protect the public health. Per the State of Indiana’s Guidelines by Color, which can be found at:https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/, Monroe County, Indiana, will be in the BLUE status as of Wednesday, March 3, 2021. As such, Dr. Sharp and Penny Caudill have made the following changes, to become effective as of Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.: Bars and restaurants, which serve alcoholic beverages, shall continue to follow Monroe County’s and the Governor’s Order in all ways, except that they shall close no later than 2:00 a.m. each day. Restaurants that do not serve alcoholic beverages are not subject to early closure. The Board shall meet on March 11, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. and review the status of all regulations related to COVID-19, at that time. Until such time, all regulations put in place by the Board on February 2nd remain the same and in effect, except for the change, referenced above, regardingclosing time for bars and restaurants serving alcoholic beverages.”________________________________________

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