Local bars prepare for New Year’s Eve celebrations

Updated: Dec. 31, 2020 at 10:51 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - New Years Eve is usually one of the busiest nights for local bars and restaurants, but this year some owners said they don’t know what to expect.

Queens Park bar owner Laura Newman said she is expecting New Year’s Eve to be slower than previous years, but the bar is prepared in case it’s not.

Newman said the first three months of a new year are usually the slowest times for bars and restaurants, so she’s hoping for the night to be busy to help prepare for the slow period.

She said she doesn’t know what to expect for the night, but she has extra staff ready to maintain the line in case of a crowd. The bar is open until 1 am and Newman said she’s thankful no curfews were enforced by the state

Newman said masks are required except at your table and they’ve added extra heaters outside.

For safety, Newman said the bar voluntarily limited its’ capacity to 70%. That is about 70 people.

“It is really important to us to make sure our guests have a great time, but at the same time are responsible and safe,” Newman said. “We are making sure the other guests and most importantly our staffs health is protected. We want to make sure that everyone has an awesome time, with minimal us being mom and telling you what to do. But, at the same time making sure it is a respectful and safe environment for everyone.”

Newman said the bar is also offering to-go drinks for those not wanting to celebrate inside the bar. To-go drinks are allowed in Alabama until January 4th.

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