MISSOULA — Time seems to go by pretty slow during COVID-19, however, Phase Two in Montana is already a week in as restaurants and bars try to get back to “normal.”
Restaurants and bars can now hold 75% of their capacity as long as they maintain six feet between customers. The establishments can also stay open one hour later.
Places like the Thomas Meagher Bar in downtown Missoula are seeing a ton of customers rolling in as regulations lift.
We talked to a manager there about the rush this past weekend and how they've handled the crowds and regulations.
"A lot more socializing, a lot more people staying out, staying out, and drinking. It was very, very packed on Friday night. We are doing a waiting list so when we reach close to that 75% capacity, we are taking names down and making sure we're not going over that,” Madi Marshall explained.
“We do have a big cleaning station. We are sanitizing all of the caddies, and everything that everyone touches. We are not having the same thing go to different tables. We are making sure that everything is clean for every customer and menus and everything like that,” she added.
Click here for more information about how the second phase of Montana’s gradual reopening applies to establishments in Missoula County.