Looser COVID-19 restrictions won’t mean more people

Milwaukee bar and restaurant owners told WISN 12 the newest COVID-19 city guidelines don’t really change things for their patrons. Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus in WisconsinAccording to Phase 6 of Milwaukee’s COVID-19 health plan, bars and restaurants are allowed to have up to 50% capacity inside. However, the establishments still must […]

Milwaukee bar and restaurant owners told WISN 12 the newest COVID-19 city guidelines don’t really change things for their patrons. Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus in WisconsinAccording to Phase 6 of Milwaukee’s COVID-19 health plan, bars and restaurants are allowed to have up to 50% capacity inside. However, the establishments still must be able to keep 6 feet of distance between parties.The new guidelines also allow for people to now walk around, but only if they are not eating or drinking. “It’s kind of difficult. How can you go to 50% and keep people 6-feet apart? We’re going to do our best but we probably won’t change. We’re not adding tables or chairs,” said Dave Sobleman, owner of Soblemans. “The numbers are way down, positive cases are way down, hospitalizations are way down. I don’t know how far we have to go. I guess there’s talk now of completely eliminating the virus and having everybody vaccinated. I just want to put COVID-19 behind us and move on.”City leaders announced the looser COVID-19 restrictions on Thursday.”We want to keep the momentum going in a positive direction,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.Carnevor owner, Omar Shaikh, said the new changes aren’t enough to give businesses the boost they need. “We’d like to see a little bit more of an aggressive plan to be honest with you,” Shaikh told WISN 12. “Until they give us a plan that allows us to seat more people than 6 feet apart, and we get it to what the CDC was talking about, 3 feet apart, that would be kind of a game changer for us.”He said several restaurants, like Carnevor, have tables spaced out 6 feet apart, which doesn’t allow them to take in more guests, capacity increase or not.”We understand we’re working still in a pandemic, but as cases go down and hospitalizations go down I think we need to be able to seat more people in our restaurants,” Shaikh said.People going to the East Brady Street bars on Friday said they felt comfortable going inside. “I feel super comfortable, actually. I feel like more people are getting the vaccine,” said Marissa Martin, who was in town from Chicago visiting friends. “I feel like Milwaukee is way more open than Chicago, so that’s why we picked this destination.””The COVID-19 numbers have been going down and seems like the restrictions are easing up, so we definitely feel very comfortable,” said Michael Nowroozi, who was going into Dorsia with his date. According to the city’s gating criteria, once at least 80% of the adult population in Milwaukee is vaccinated, there are nine or fewer cases per 100,000 people and less than 5% of the tests are positive, the city will lift all restrictions. Sign up for coronavirus email alerts from WISNGet breaking news alerts with the WISN 12 app.Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Milwaukee bar and restaurant owners told WISN 12 the newest COVID-19 city guidelines don’t really change things for their patrons.

Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus in Wisconsin

According to Phase 6 of Milwaukee’s COVID-19 health plan, bars and restaurants are allowed to have up to 50% capacity inside.

However, the establishments still must be able to keep 6 feet of distance between parties.

The new guidelines also allow for people to now walk around, but only if they are not eating or drinking.

“It’s kind of difficult. How can you go to 50% and keep people 6-feet apart? We’re going to do our best but we probably won’t change. We’re not adding tables or chairs,” said Dave Sobleman, owner of Soblemans. “The numbers are way down, positive cases are way down, hospitalizations are way down. I don’t know how far we have to go. I guess there’s talk now of completely eliminating the virus and having everybody vaccinated. I just want to put COVID-19 behind us and move on.”

City leaders announced the looser COVID-19 restrictions on Thursday.

“We want to keep the momentum going in a positive direction,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.

Carnevor owner, Omar Shaikh, said the new changes aren’t enough to give businesses the boost they need.

“We’d like to see a little bit more of an aggressive plan to be honest with you,” Shaikh told WISN 12. “Until they give us a plan that allows us to seat more people than 6 feet apart, and we get it to what the CDC was talking about, 3 feet apart, that would be kind of a game changer for us.”

He said several restaurants, like Carnevor, have tables spaced out 6 feet apart, which doesn’t allow them to take in more guests, capacity increase or not.

“We understand we’re working still in a pandemic, but as cases go down and hospitalizations go down I think we need to be able to seat more people in our restaurants,” Shaikh said.

People going to the East Brady Street bars on Friday said they felt comfortable going inside.

“I feel super comfortable, actually. I feel like more people are getting the vaccine,” said Marissa Martin, who was in town from Chicago visiting friends. “I feel like Milwaukee is way more open than Chicago, so that’s why we picked this destination.”

“The COVID-19 numbers have been going down and seems like the restrictions are easing up, so we definitely feel very comfortable,” said Michael Nowroozi, who was going into Dorsia with his date.

According to the city’s gating criteria, once at least 80% of the adult population in Milwaukee is vaccinated, there are nine or fewer cases per 100,000 people and less than 5% of the tests are positive, the city will lift all restrictions.

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