Bars remain closed despite restaurants reopening as other states see resurgence of COVID-19 cases


MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH)– Restaurants have reopened but bars may be delayed.

Governor Ned Lamont has been watching what has happened in other states which opened bars earlier and have now had to close them again after a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. 

There have been some bright sides to the dark days of the coronavirus. Friar Tuck’s in Mystic now has an expanded patio and it has been able to perfect some specialty drinks like its “painkiller” because bartenders are far less busy than when they were tending to a full bar.

“We’d have about 18 to 20 stools here at the bar so you lose all that,” said owner Gary Hobert.

Now there are three tables set up along what is usually a busy and profitable bar.

“Honestly, that later time, the 10 o’clock to 1 o’clock if we’re open, you lose all that time. So that’s been hard,” said Hobert.

Governor Ned Lamont is now rethinking reopening bars as part of the Phase 3 in July as he sees a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in states where bars reopened earlier and then had to close again.

“As I look at what’s going on in Texas, Arizona, Florida, we definitely will take that as an indicator of what we want to do in mid-July,” said Governor Lamont.

Friar Tuck’s moved to its new Water Street location a couple of years ago. It used to be across the street. 

Hobert still owns that bar now called the Water Street Tavern and he hasn’t been able to reopen it yet.

He is thinking of opening it as a sandwich shop for now to recoup some of his losses until the bar business can come back for good.

“Yeah, I want to open up, but then I also don’t want to restart either,” said Hobert.

He already knows how tough restarting can be.

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