Carmel to reopen Midtown Plaza, Monon Greenway May 22


The City of Carmel on May 22 will reopen Midtown Plaza and the Monon Greenway between Main Street and Gradle Drive, both of which have been shut down since March 26 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The areas will remain open as long as “there is evidence that such measures are not triggering a resurgence in COVID-19 infections,” according to a press release. The city is placing signs in both areas to remind users to wear facial coverings to help prevent spread of the disease.

“We trust that our residents and visitors will use caution and treat this pandemic situation with the life-or-death seriousness that it demands,” Mayor Jim Brainard stated in a press release.

The city is also planning to bring back some in-person events, although they will look different than before. Monday Movies return May 25 with “Turbo.” Instead of one showing, the city will play the movie four times – at noon, 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m. – to prevent a large crowd. Live music in Midtown Plaza will return from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 26 with a performance from Sammi Lorena. Guests must practice physical distancing during the event.

The city is placing hand sanitation stations along the greenway and in the plaza. Pool tables and ping pong tables remain closed, and outdoor furniture will be separated. Guests are asked to remain at least six feet away from other visitors.

The city could close the areas again if COVID-19 indicators begin to rise. Criteria include hospitals remaining at less than 70 percent of capacity, active cases remaining below 5 percent of the population and 14 days of declining COVID-19 hospital patients.

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