FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Some say completely opening Indiana back up is too soon. Others say it wasn't soon enough.
Michael Yoquelet says he doesn’t understand the rush to get things back to normal.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb prepares to host a virtual media briefing in the Governor's Office at the Statehouse to provide updates on COVID-19 and its impact on Indiana, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Back On Track Indiana
Yoquelet says, “It’s not slowing down so do we want to drop our guard completely?”
Beginning Saturday, Governor Eric Holcomb's Back on Track Indiana: Stage 5 will establish a new normal with fewer restrictions.
Vic Duesel says the change couldn't come soon enough.
Duesel says, “It’s just gone on too long. Not only that but we need to trust Americans a little bit more because out of this pandemic and hard time, new innovation. By letting people like restaurants go, they’re going to come up with ways of doing things and it’s going to get better.”
Yoquelet says opening too soon could potentially set Indiana up for a second wave of the virus.
Yoquelet says, “I know business is going to hurt but we all need to tighten our belts and do what we gotta do to get through this.”
Fort Wayne's Famous Coney Island owner Jimmy Toderan says although business can resume as a new normal, his team is taking caution, such as requiring staff to wear masks.
Toderan says, “We have really been diligent at trying to keep everyone at six feet, making sure everyone is wearing a mask and making sure employees are sanitizing. When it’s downtime, we’re sanitizing.”
Although several businesses took a huge financial hit, including Toderan’s, who says he’ll continue to serve his customers.
Toderan says, “I want to thank everyone for coming in. If you feel safe, come on down because we’re trying to do the right thing. “