Popular downtown Auburn bar voluntarily closing to prevent COVID-19 spread

Popular downtown Auburn bar voluntarily closing to prevent COVID-19 spread
Southeastern Bar (Source: Southeastern Bar Facebook)

AUBURN, Ala. (WTVM) - A popular bar just off the campus of Auburn University is voluntarily closing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Southeastern Bar operators say that since reopening in May, they have been following guidance from East Alabama Medical Center, the Auburn University Medical Clinic and the City of Auburn to ensure they were following the necessary precautions.

Operators released a statement saying, in part,

While Fall semester will always be our favorite time of year, 2020 has presented new challenges with the student population downtown...This decision does not come lightly, but we feel that at this time it is the right thing to do for the health, safety and welfare of our customers and employees who we value so much.

The statement does not address an expected time for Southeastern to reopen.

Auburn City Council is holding a special called meeting on Aug. 27 to discuss potential additional measures that may be taken to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

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