While COVID-19 cases in the Tri-State are appearing to rise, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is still lifting the state-wide mask mandate on April 6th.
Restaurants in Warrick County are getting ready for that mask mandate to be lifted and are actively trying to determine the next best step.
With Hoosiers ages 16 and up being eligible for their COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Holcomb decided it was time to leave face-covering mandates up to the local governments.
For Evansville, Mayor Winnecke is only requiring masks in certain settings like hospitals and city-owned buildings.
However, over in Warrick County, business owners are still waiting for guidance.
Danny Bradley, owner of Archie & Clyde’s in Newburgh told 44News, "We're just going to have to play it by ear and see if they do lift the mask mandate completely or if there's other guidelines put out."
For now, Archie & Clyde’s plans on continuing to limit their indoor seating capacity, keeping tables 6ft apart, using laminated menus, and providing pre-packaged condiments.
"The vaccines are supposed to help stop the spread of it and hopefully eliminate it. But, whether or not it would be necessary to wait until everyone is vaccinated... that's gonna be a while,” says Bradley.
As for masks, Bradley says they will wait and see what customers and employees are most comfortable with.
Other Warrick County restaurants, like Tin Fish in Newburgh, say they plan to do the same as Archie & Clyde’s. That is, as long as COVID-19 cases stay down and Warrick County residents continue to get vaccinated.