MIAMI – In Miami-Dade County, a big fight over reopening businesses revolves around bars and nightclubs.
Outraged business owners are now calling on Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to allow them to reopen their establishments.
Some of them feel targeted, wondering why they haven’t been given an opportunity to prove they can make it work with safety measures in place.
Bartenders at tap42 in Fort Lauderdale are still able to work, but only because its also a restaurant.
All standalone bars in Miami-Dade and Broward remain closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, even as the counties receive the go-ahead to move into Phase 2 of reopening.
“The bar is closed but we’re able to at least support our bartenders,” said tap42 manager John Curry. “It’s killing us, they are our neighbors. I feel for them. I talked to a couple bar owners down here, they’re struggling, not taking money in. Paying rent, no getting around that.”
In an almost off-hand comment on Tuesday, Gimenez told county commissioners he’s planning a conversation with bar owners later this week to consider easing up on the total closure.
“Maybe, that certain bars could open under the same guidelines as a restaurant; ie [the] bar is closed and serve drinks at a table,” Gimenez said.