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Thomas Meagher Bar among downtown establishments striving for “normal”

(KPAX) Time seemed to go by pretty slow during COVID-19, however, Phase Two in Montana is already a week old and restaurants and bars are trying to get back to “normal.”

Restaurants and bars can now hold 75% of their capacity as long as they maintain six feet between customers. The establishments can also stay open one hour later.

Places like the Thomas Meagher Bar in downtown Missoula are seeing a ton of customers rolling in as regulations lift.

“A lot more socializing, a lot more people staying out and drinking,” said Madi Marshall. “It was very, very packed on Friday night. We are doing a waiting list so when we reach close to that 75% capacity, we are taking names down and making sure we’re not going over that.

“We do have a big cleaning station. We are sanitizing all of the caddies, and everything that everyone touches. We are making sure that everything is clean for every customer and menus and everything like that,” she added.