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Central Texas bars prepare to reopen just in time for holiday weekend

Posted at 7:24 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 20:24:12-04

After weeks of uncertainty and PPP loans close to running out, Governor Abbott announced on Monday that bars would be able to reopen just in time for the weekend.

“The level of excitement was really really high, and then the level of worry went even higher than that almost immediately because the guidelines are pretty strict,” said Chris Cox, co-owner of the Backyard Bar & Grill.

In Bell County, Sean's Pub has spent the lockdown working on renovations. Now they are getting in the final preparations to reopen at the end of the week.

“All of my bartenders are going through a quick class on Thursday to learn proper serving procedures, the do’s and don’ts. I think this is going to be a good turnaround for not just our bar but other bars around,” said Robert Wieland, owner of Sean's Pub.

The reopening comes with strict regulations though. Bars will only be able to hold 25% capacity with tables placed six feet apart with disposable menus. The bartop will also remain closed with each table having a waiter to personally deliver drinks.

“As soon as people leave, wipe the entire thing down, and then again at night, hit them all again with disinfectant from the bathrooms to the front door handle over and over and over,” said Cox.

Keep in mind that like restaurants, seating is first come first serve, so be prepared to wait or plan to leave earlier to reserve a spot.