Business as usual for eclipse

Business will go on as usual across Johnson County when the partial solar eclipse crosses the sky Monday afternoon.

Greenwood Chamber of Commerce president Christian Maslowski said he hasn’t heard of any businesses that will be closing their doors during the eclipse, but said he expects plenty of people will be taking a brief break to get a look outside.

“I can only suspect business volume and productivity will decline during hours of the brief viewing,” he said.

How businesses are handling the eclipse varies, but for many, Monday afternoon won’t be treated differently than any other day.

At two area hospitals, Johnson Memorial Health and Franciscan Health Indianapolis, no plans are in place to adjust employee schedules to allow for time to view the eclipse.

“We have no formal plans,” Franciscan Health spokesperson Joe Stuteville said. “The hospital is going to be business as usual, taking care of patients, and the routine things we do 24/7. I would expect a number of our folks who are on break or lunch hour will step outside the hospital, and hopefully they’ve been fortunate enough to acquire the glasses.”

The same is true for the Indy South Greenwood Airport, where airport director Lori Curless said she expects Monday to operate the same as any others at city’s municipal airport. The FAA is allowing flights to go on as planned, and she doesn’t expect the amount of flights to be different than normal, she said.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.