New Harmony, Indiana – Businesses and community leaders in New Harmony have banded together to create a blueprint for a safety-focused reopening of the town’s tourism economy following the recent quarantine.
Businesses in the community are displaying safety precautions on the storefront windows and business owners and their employees are being intentional about making sure they are prepared. In addition, businesses are providing personal protective equipment, disinfecting regularly, and limiting the number of customers in certain spaces.
“Our community is in a unique position to welcome visitors back to reengage. They can easily maintain social distance and feel safe here. Our parks and trails along with our sidewalks are open for exploring and relaxing. And our businesses are focused on safely serving customers,” said Jeff Smotherman, President of the New Harmony Business Associates.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued the order to allow businesses to reopen beginning May 4. Many businesses in New Harmony are reopening immediately.
Most of New Harmony’s restaurants have remained open for carry-out during the quarantine period, but are now ready to return to serving customers in new and creative formats beginning May 11. Other gift and specialty shops are reopening as well. And the town’s services remain open including the convenience stores, pharmacy, and other retail.
Harmonie State Park is just 7-miles south of the historic community, where visitors are able to enter free-of-charge under direction of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
The Atheneum Visitors Center will reopen to the public effective May 18 for self-guided walking tours and other history programming, however services will be limited in order to maintain distancing.
About New Harmony Business Associates The New Harmony Business Associates is a 40+ member-driven volunteer organization with focus on promoting the merchants and events in the community. The fundamental mission of the New Harmony Business Associates is to showcase New Harmony’s rich history, support local destinations, promote family-oriented festivals and events, and build relationships with surrounding communities. Created in the 1970s, the New Harmony Business Associates strive to provide a hospitable experience to visitors and residents in Historic New Harmony.