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Local pub uses walkie-talkies to socialize amid Coronavirus restrictions

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Lewisburg, W.Va. (WVVA) - Washington Street Pub in downtown Lewisburg reopened Thursday after a lengthy hiatus due to restrictions from the Coronavirus pandemic.

Bartender Matt Bergman has been preparing for the opening. "It's going to look a lot different than normal, but it's going to be something," said Bergman. Something includes following Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Bar stools have been replaced with cones sitting atop the bar, instead patrons will order from carefully spaced tables, which keep keep customers socially distanced and capacity at less than 50 percent.

But while the small pub's atmosphere is currently subject to CDC guidelines, there are no restrictions on having fun. Bergman has taken care to preserve the serendipitous nature of cocktail hour with walkie-talkies.

Each table is marked with its own walkie-talkie channel and comes with a walkie-talkie. Guests can change the channel on their walkie-talkie to talk to different tables. Bergman said he wanted to maintain a sense of fun in the pub. "You know we’re doing the best we can and definitely, definitely miss seeing people," said Bergman.

Dining at 50 percent of a restaurant's indoor capacity following CDC guidelines opened Thursday for restaurants in West Virginia.

Haley Brown

Multimedia Journalist

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