Evansville restaurants can apply for relief program

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – A relief program application is now available to local Evansville food establishments.

The new application will now allow restaurants operators to expand their outdoor dining areas in existing property and public rights-of-way.

Indoor/outdoor restaurant seating will be limited to Back on Track Indiana plan capacities (50 percent before June 14 and 75 percent beginning June 14). No application or permit fees will be charged for review or approval, although fees otherwise charged for encroachment permits or review are not waived by the program.

The temporary program ends after July 3, and is subject to change in the event additional protections and guidelines are put in place.

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