LAFAYETTE – Restaurants will have to close at midnight, night club dance floors will be closed and people going to bars would have to stay seated at tables to get served, starting Friday, under an order issued Wednesday by Tippecanoe County’s health officer.

Dr. Jeremy Adler, Tippecanoe County’s health officer, announced new restrictions for restaurants and bars licensed to serve alcohol less than two weeks before Purdue University was set to reopen campus to close to 40,000 students for the fall semester – at a time when Greater Lafayette’s new coronavirus cases continue to be among the highest since the pandemic reached Indiana in March.

The guidelines will cover restaurants and bars across Tippecanoe County, not just near campus.

“In all fairness, it needs to be applied to all restaurants and bars in the county,” Adler said. “Also, we need to remember that Purdue students can easily go to any restaurant or bar in our county and are not just patronizing restaurants and bars around the campus.”

Adler did not put an expiration date on the order. He said lifting the restrictions would depend on the trends in COVID-19 cases and whether other preventative measures – including the introduction of an effective vaccine – that tamp down infection rates.

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