Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

How to Stay Safe and Support Downtown Evansville Businesses

The safety of our residents, consumers, workers and visitors is the main priority of the DOWNTOWN EVANSVILLE - Economic Improvement District (EID). We are monitoring all recommendations and updates from health and government officials surrounding COVID-19.

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During this time of transition in social events, travel and work schedules, we encourage everyone to remember our small businesses throughout Downtown Evansville and to continue supporting them even if you cannot visit them physically.

Here are some suggestions for what you can do to support our small and local businesses:

1. Order carry out/delivery from downtown restaurants and tip the same amount as you would dining in. 
We have a social media contest to reward you for continuing to support our downtown restaurants. To enter the contest: Take a photo of your carry out or delivered downtown meal, Tag the business & Use #dtevvtogo and post to Facebook or Instagram. Winners are announced on an ongoing basis, with prizes including Downtown Evansville merchandise (sweatshirts, t-shirts, umbrellas and coffee mugs) and $25 gift cards to Downtown Evansville Restaurants & Shops.

2. Shop online or by phone. Downtown shops have online shopping available and can assist via phone or online communication.

Downtown Evansville small businesses are offering hand sanitizer with any purchase over $25. The travel-size hand sanitizers, made by a Boonville Indiana based small business, will be distributed as supplies last. This initiative is being funded in part by Rapid Response Funds from the Vanderburgh Community Foundation.

3. Purchase custom or corporate gifts from retailers who can handle orders over the phone or online.

4. If you do not need anything specific at the moment but still want to support local, buy gift cards to spend later.

5. If you can’t leave the house, order delivery from local downtown restaurants.

View our Downtown Business Directory

First and foremost, prioritize and take all health and safety precautions for yourself and others in our community. Our community health as a whole depends on working together, and our small businesses are the lifeblood of the Downtown economy. We want to make sure they continue to stay successful while maintaining appropriate public health safety measures.

Note: These recommendations originated from Downtown Raleigh Alliance and are being shared through the International Downtown Association.

Open Businesses:

View our Business Directory for location phone numbers and website/social media information.

Go Virtual:
Visit downtown destinations from the comfort of your home at

Temporary Closures:

Downtown Evansville Virtual Tip Jar: 
  • Support your favorite service industry employees in Downtown Evansville during the COVID-19 pandemic by tipping them in the Downtown Evansville Virtual Tip Jar. Learn more at

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Postponed Events:

  • All March and April events have been either postponed or canceled at this time. Please refer to the website of the hosting site/organization for the status of postponed/canceled downtown events.