PAULDING, Ohio, (WPTA21)- The manager at a bar in Paulding says her business was already struggling and a new curfew may push it over the edge.
“Having to close at 11, with 10 o’clocj being last call… that’s affected us a lot. We’re losing at least 1,000 to over 1,000 dollars a week and now it’s going to be worse,” the manager at Hawg’s Tavern, Sophia Mobley, said.
Mobley said earlier this year when all non-essential businesses were forced to close their door, Hawg’s Tavern did everything it could to try to stay afloat. She feels like it is happening all over again with these new restrictions.
“Most of our business comes after 11, so we’ve been so lucky with our regulars that come in. That’s really helped us stay open, but now I think it’s going to be even harder,” Mobley said.
She said she doesn’t agree with the governor’s curfew, but she understands something must be done to slow the spread of the virus.
“To me, I think it’s against our rights that we’re being made to do it, but then on the other hand, I know it has to be done. That’s the only way we’re gonna get rid of it,” Mobley said.
Bartender Carrie Broz says customers aren’t happy about the curfew either. She says in a small town like Paulding gathering at a local bar was something people looked forward to.
“We’re a small town, and if we all don’t try to stick together through this we’re not gonna make it,” Broz said.
They say they are grateful for their loyal customers who continue to keep business going, but they say even with them, it’s going to be difficult.
“We’re doing our best to survive and it’s hard to tell people they can’t come in here, no service without a mask, we’re just doing what we have to do to stay open and I hope they all go with it,” Mobley said.