Rhode Island will remain in Phase 3, bar owners react
This means the state will remain in Phase Three another month, leaving some businesses like bars wondering if there's any end in sight.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Governor Raimondo is extending Phase Three which was originally set to expire on Friday.
This means the state will remain in Phase Three another month, leaving some businesses like bars wondering if there’s any end in sight.
“I was hopeful that we would move on to another phase,” said Owner at Muldowney’s Pub Michael Greig. “But I wasn’t expecting to.”
This of course means another month that bars and restaurants like Muldowney’s will only be able to fill their establishments to 66 percent capacity, though some bar owners tell ABC 6 not many people are coming out anyway.
“Even if we did open up, to another phase or whatever, I don’t think it’s going to be crazy. I think people are going to ease into it anyway,” said Greig.
“People don’t want to go out and I don’t blame them,” said Owner at Nolan’s Corner Pub Brendan McCaughey. “We have the outdoor seating so that helps. But we’re a small place.”
Bar areas will also still have to close down by 11 P.M.
“As a bartender I know that it impacts our business here from a business perspective,” said Bartender at Muldowney’s Mark Moretti. “And it also impacts my ability to make a little more money than I would be making with the closings at 11.”
Bar owners say they didn’t expect phase four to begin Saturday with how things have been going.
“We watch the press conferences,” said Greig. “If she has something good to say, we cheer. We haven’t had something to cheer about in a while.”
McCaughey says he’s actually fully expecting to have to shut down again over the winter, and is hoping he’s doing enough to break even until next spring.
“Oh I don’t think anything is going to change in the next several months,” he said. “It’ll change – it’ll get worse.”
The next executive order will expire September 28.