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Bar owner reacts to lifted restrictions



MONROE, La.  – There is more exciting news for bar owners. Many COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted on Louisiana bars, and owners couldn’t be happier.

Bar owners and customers are another step closer to normalcy. Capacity limits are gone and so are making last calls at 10:30 p.m. because they can stay open past 11 p.m.

“We have been waiting to stay open until 2 a.m. for a really, really long time,” The Hub Music Hall’s Amanda Lyon said. “One of the main reasons is because the biggest crowd that we get is from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.”

The Hub Music Hall is now able to hold 500 people in attendance. Lyon says that means more revenue and more socializing for customers.

“We’ve been doing everything so cautiously and making sure that we abide by all the rules. Now we can actually say ‘hey, come enjoy drinks, food, the whole nine yards,” Lyon said.

The hall is hosting more events again like Ouachita Christian’s junior-senior banquet. She says her staff is pumped and ready.

“To have live music, to have people, to be open in general is a blessing because if we didn’t use our creativity and tried the way that we did… there would be no Hub. We’re just ready for it to be back open so we can say the Hub is here for the public again,” Lyon said.

While they’re back open, there’s still no dancing. Customers must sit at a table and wear a mask if they visit another table or go to the restroom.

Lyon says at least this is one step toward getting back to normal.