City officials will consider allowing bars to serve crowds on downtown streets

Lincoln City Council is looking at two ordinances that may allow you to get your drink and food from a downtown bar and possibly enjoy it on blocked off downtown streets.
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LINCOLN, Neb., (KLKN)– Lincoln City Council is looking at two ordinances that may allow you to get your drink and food from a downtown bar and possibly enjoy it on blocked off downtown streets during the home Husker football games.

“Coming after the pandemic and being shut down, a lot of the businesses down here really need the extra revenue to keep going,” says Nathan Stewart, managing partner at McKinney’s Irish Pub.

City officials will look over two ordinances next week that could allow bars to safely cater to crowds on game days, as the Memorial Stadium will not allow fans inside.

“If they want people to enjoy the football season and they want people to be safe, this is going to be the best option,” adds Stewart. “They need to open up the streets so that people can do social distancing. If not, it’s going to be hard as a bar owner to limit the crowds and the people coming in here.”

Normally, blocking streets are not allowed on game day because it slows traffic flow, but the mayor’s administration proposed this solution to prevent potential crowding.

“I know everyone’s worried about social distancing and this would be the best thing for us to do,” says Stewart. “So, we want to be doing it from the beginning to make sure people feel safe to come down to the Haymarket.”

The city council will look over the ordinances on Monday and could vote to approve it before the season begins.

“It’s a necessity and the city councils going to look over things like sale stocks and stuff and if you want these bars to make money and get the economy going back again, we need this to happen,” said Stewart.

And many bar owners tell Channel 8 that they are looking forward to these ordinances passing so that everyone can enjoy the football games safely.

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