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People lining up at bars and other reopened businesses Friday night

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FORT WAYNE Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - This is the first weekend bars, drive-in movie theaters and some other entertainment related businesses are allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity under Indiana’s plan to reopen the state. Just two of those businesses people are visiting are the Auburn-Garrett Drive In and Pedal City Beer Garden.  

“It feels pretty good, good to get out of the house,” Lorenzo Guevara said as he sips his first drink back at his regular bar: Pedal City. The bar reopened Friday evening, and Guevara said he feels safe coming back.  

“The plexiglass, the spacing of all the tables, and wearing gloves and masks,” Pedal City owner, Aja Ford said. “If we hit capacity, we are just going to ask people to wait in their cars or come back later.” 

Visitors at the Auburn-Garrett Drive In say they are just happy to be able to do something outside their homes.  

“I'm just happy to be here, get out the house,” William Hardick says as he and his family wait in line to see Friday night’s premier at the drive-in theater.  

Guests began lining up to buy tickets at the theater over three hours before the doors even opened Friday night, that’s because they are only allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity.  

“We prefer people stay in their cars and limit the amount of time they are up walking around because that could increase exposure,” Drive-in manager, Abigail Simon said. “I think the drive in will offer a place where kids can come and maybe spend time with their families and do stuff that’s not in the house anymore.” 

Karli VanCleave

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