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Expect This Major Change to Your Favorite Bar When It Reopens

Your night out grabbing drinks will be a bit different.
Group of friends having drinks at nightclub.

It seems like with each passing day, more and more cities are beginning to reopen. And it's not just restaurants and stores making their safe returns, but bars are too. However, it's important to note that one major aspect of your night grabbing drinks with friends is going to change. Yes, bars are reopening, but they're not exactly how they once were.

So what's the big change?

Well, there's a good chance you'll only be able to mingle with the people you arrive with, so you won't be able to interact with others.

We know—isn't the whole point of going to a bar to meet new people and interact while you drink? Yes, but that might be something that is on pause for the time being. We are still living in a pandemic and adjusting back to how life was before coronavirus is going to take time, as this virus is still infecting many people.

So the concept is that you are not allowed to interact with people you didn't show up with as a way to limit interactions, as human-to-human contact is the main way COVID-19 is spread, according to the CDC. And all bars and lounges are going to be following social distancing rules just like restaurants are as well, with tables being placed six feet apart.

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How seriously is this being taken, you might be wondering? Very seriously, if we're being frank. One sports bar in Vermont has capacity set at 25 percent (which includes staff), with face masks being encouraged and protective gloves and hand sanitizer available for those who would like them. And customers are not allowed to roam around the bar but have to just stay at their table. In Ohio, the lieutenant governor, Jon Husted, said customers must remain seated at their tables in bars and restaurants—which are to be six feet apart—and not permitted to mingle.

"Ultimately, you are accountable for this and if you can't do it, you can't open," he said, addressing local bar and restaurant operators.

If your plan was to make some new friends or even start a new romantic connection during your next bar trip, you might just have to do things the old-fashioned way and perhaps send over a drink and a note to get someone's attention!

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Jennifer Maldonado
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