HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Bars might not be making a comeback in phase three of Connecticut’s COVID-19 reopening plan.
Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Monday that he’s reconsidering reopening bars after observing the virus spiking in other parts of the country.
“As I look at what’s going on in Texas, Arizona and Florida, we’ll definitely take that as an indicator of what we’ll do in mid-July,” Lamont said.
The general manager of the Union Street Tavern said revenue is already down 50 percent, so the news from Gov. Lamont doesn’t help.
However, he said he’s okay with the governor being cautious.
Bars were supposed to reopen during phase three of Connecticut’s reopening plan around July 20. The governor is expected to release more on phase 3 after the July 4 holiday.
Union Street Tavern does big bar businesses after 8 p.m., but since the pandemic, they've seen their revenue decrease by half.
“It's definitely been trying, but there's light at the end of the tunnel,” said General Manager Leland Clark.
The Tavern serves food, so they've reopened their outdoor patio.
Plus, they have indoor seating options, so that has helped.
As far as the bar area, they say they're okay with the delay.
“If it's not safe to operate, we aren't going to operate at all. We want what's in the best interests for both our staff and our guests,” Clark said.
Those states and others were hit with a travel advisory last week.
Under the advisory, anyone who traveled to a state with a COVID-19 positivity rating of 10 percent or higher must quarantine for 14 days.
Phase three of Connecticut’s reopening is expected start around July 20.
Indoor gatherings could double from 25 to 50, while outdoor gatherings would grow from 100 to 250.