A special meeting of the Nevis City Council is being held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 1 via Zoom to adapt a resolution allowing for outdoor cafés in the city from June 1 through Oct. 15.
“Businesses can move outside as soon as that’s approved, subject to meeting the guidelines,” Mayor Jarod Senger said. “The bottom line is the city is going to do what we can to allow each of these businesses as much room as we can possibly come up with to be able to operate. We want to be supportive of the food establishments we have in town.”
The council approved opening the city office on a limited basis Monday, June 1 at its May 26 special meeting. There will be one city employee working in the office and one person allowed at the counter one at a time, as needed to maintain social distancing.
On May 26, the city council also approved the municipal liquor store off-sale opening back up seven days a week, beginning Saturday. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Liquor store manager Kiley Weaver is putting together a cost analysis of what is needed to comply with the guidelines to open the bar. The council will make that decision at the June 8 council meeting via Zoom.
Weaver said some of the things needed would be pulling power onto the deck, lighting, fencing to keep alcohol from traveling, the proper distance between tables and walkways to keep people apart.
“We’d like to put the bar on the deck and all of the seating out in the parking lot,” she said.
“We’ll have to weigh as a council whether it will pay to open the bar,” Senger said. “If we voted to approve complying with the guidelines, we’re looking at opening by June 15.”