Commons to remain closed during Stage Five reopening

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Despite Indiana moving into the next stage of reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Commons downtown will remain closed to the public for the time being, except for private rental events.

City officials previously said that The Commons would reopen to the public once Indiana entered Stage Five of Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s reopening plan. However, Commons manager Shanda Sasse said the new state is different from what was originally introduced last spring.

Sasse pointed to the new stage’s continued mask mandate and 6-foot social distancing regulations as the main reasons for keeping The Commons closed to the general public.

“We have to look at the space that we have,” she said. “And at our full capacity, we would not be able to social distance 6 feet.”

The current version of Stage Five for Indiana is scheduled to end on Oct. 17.

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