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Monroe event center, music hall shares feelings about Phase 3 guidelines

Published: Sep. 11, 2020 at 10:44 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Governor’s Phase 3 announcement and guidelines have been anticipated for months, but for some business owners, they feel like they’ve gotten the short end of the stick.

“I’m afraid that this may be the final straw for a lot of smaller businesses in our area," said Amanda Lyon, co-owner of The Hub.

Lyon and her husband took over as owners back in January, since then, she said she feels like they had only two weeks of ‘normal’ business before the pandemic. Now almost, eight months after starting their new roles, she feels like the pandemic, and the most recent mitigation measures have stifled her business.

The Hub operates as an event center, restaurant, music hall, and also has a bar on-site, which would all fall under one the guidelines which require venues to stop alcohol sales at 10 p.m.

In addition, all customers have to be out of the building by 11 p.m.

“Well, when you’re an event center or a music hall you usually don’t get started till 10, 10 or later. That’s not going to be good for us or a lot of businesses around here," she said,

Live music is no longer allowed either, which means Lyon and her staff are now having to cancel acts for previously scheduled events. Lyon describes the cut as heartbreaking, not just for The Hub, but for the performers too.

“They travel to get here, we pay them to play, we want them to gather a crowd," she said.

With all of the changes coming into effect, Lyon said she hopes that people can abide by the mitigation measures so that she and other small businesses can have a fighting chance at normalcy.

“We’ve got to make some moves and make strides and make sure people start following the orders or they get well fast, because if not The Hub is not going to be there for them to come and have a good time," she said.

Phase 3 is expected to last until October 9.

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