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SLC bar opens at the stroke of midnight on the first day of new 'orange' alert stage

'Cheers to You' open for one hour
Posted at 6:54 AM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 13:12:17-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Friday is the first day of Utah's new 'orange' alert status, after weeks of a 'red' alert.

Among other things, that means restaurants and bars are now allowed to have dine-in services, with limitations.

One local bar got an extra early start --opening at a minute past midnight.

"Cheers to You" in downtown Salt Lake City had been closed for 45 days, and now its owner and loyal customers are excited they finally have a place to get out for a drink.

The bar only opened for less than an hour, but that was long enough to work out the kinks in what could be the new normal for the foreseeable future

"We noticed that everyone just comes straight to the bar to order a drink," owner Bob Brown said. "We need to re-educate people that this is how you're going to have to order a drink, this is how it's going to get delivered to you, so we can all keep our distances."

"It looks like they followed all regulations," said customer Macey Truett. "There's definitely spaces where you can stand and can't stand, so I think they did a good job. I feel safe here."

The bar had to do a little remodeling before re-opening, cleaning and taping off designated standing areas.

The owner says he's grateful to be back open to help pay his employees.

There are still some rules that must be followed.

  • Tables will be limited to groups of six with six feet between parties.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available.
  • Employees will be checked for symptoms.
  • All staff will wear face masks.
  • Restaurants will closed throughout the day for cleaning.