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Carmel reopening Monon Greenway and Midtown Plaza Friday

It will remain open as long as there isn't a new spike in COVID-19 cases for the city.
A police officer in Carmel lets people know part of the Monon Trail is closed over social distancing concerns. (WTHR/Mary Milz)

CARMEL, Ind. (WTHR) — The City of Carmel will reopen the Monon Greenway and Midtown Plaza beginning at noon on Friday.

It will remain open as long as there isn't a new spike in COVID-19 cases for the city.

Signs will also go up in the area encouraging people to wear masks.

“We trust that our residents and visitors will use caution and treat this pandemic situation with the life-or-death seriousness that it demands,” said Mayor Jim Brainard. “If you a feel sick, stay home; If you live with someone who has tested positive, stay home; If you suspect you may be positive, get tested. Everyone in Carmel needs to have faith that their fellow citizens, neighbors and friends care as much about them as they do about their desire to ‘return to normal’ in our City.”

The mayor will be looking at three things to determine how long the Monon Greenway and Midtown Plaza will remain open:

  • Hospitals under 70 percent of their bed capacity to allow room for a new surge
  • Positive COVID-19 cases do not exceed five percent
  • 14 days of declining COVID-19 hospital patients

If things go smoothly, the City will bring back Monday Movies at Midtown and Tuesday Music at Midtown beginning immediately.

Midtown Plaza and Monon Greenway changes

Midtown Plaza will be changed to encourage physical distancing.

Pool tables and ping pong tables will remain closed.

Outdoor furniture will be spaced out and visitors will be encouraged to social distance from each other.

There will be more hand sanitation stations along the Monon Greenway and at Midtown Plaza.

Monday Movies

The City will bring back the Monday tradition at Midtown Plaza, but will show the movie throughout the day in order to prevent a congested gathering of families at one showing.

The movie, Turbo, will be shown at noon, 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday Music

Live music on stage at Midtown Plaza will return Tuesday, May 26, with Sammi Lorena playing from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the lunch-time crowd.

Visitors are asked to social distance from each other.