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Restaurant owners, patrons enjoy loosened coronavirus restrictions

Hundreds came out to Millennial Brewing Company in downtown Fort Myers for their annual Oktoberfest celebration. This comes in the first weekend since Governor Ron DeSantis announced that bars and restaurants can open free of COVID restrictions.

This is the first event in Southwest Florida since Phase Three reopening was announced Friday. Everyone, patrons and managers alike, seems excited and think this event came at the perfect time.

“It definitely helps change how people feel about going out,” said Kyle Cebull, who is the CEO of Millennial Brewing Company.

Not only are people excited to get back out to restaurants and bars and some feel safe enough to so, they also want to help support their local businesses.

“Well, I think it’s about time. We’ve hurt enough economy around here that we need to change it,” said George Thomas of Fort Myers, who came out to Millennial Saturday evening.

There are still signs up reminding people to social distance and employees as well as some customers are still wearing masks. It is up to each business whether or not they require masks for customers and employees.

Millennial Brewing has yet to make a decision on whether they will continue to require masks since the reopening ruling is still so recent.

Reporter:Andrea Guerrero
Writer:Drew Hill
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