Indiana bars get extra hour before DST

March 31, 2006 at 11:24 AM   |   Comments

INDIANAPOLIS, March 31 (UPI) -- Indiana barkeeps get a brief reprieve from Daylight Saving Time with a decree allowing them to set their clocks up an hour at 3 a.m. instead of 2.

That lost hour early Sunday, tavern owners said, would have meant a loss of at least $250,000 in revenue.

Daylight Saving Time became an issue this year because it will be the first time all of Indiana moves to the standard. Until now, much of Indiana remained on Eastern Standard Time for the entire year, with part of the state on Central Time -- both standard and daylight -- and another part conforming to Eastern Time changes.

But, Gov. Mitch Daniels gave them their hour back. In a statement, the governor said bars, restaurants and taverns can change their clocks an hour later early Sunday, the Indianapolis Star said Friday.

"Most of us will set our clocks ahead before we go to bed. They (the bars and restaurants) can do it when they're locking up for the night," Daniels said. "And, by the way, we won't take away the extra hour they'll get when we fall back in October."

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