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West Virginia business owner describes the impact of easing COVID-19 restrictions

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FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (WVVA) - "We're trying our best to work around what we're given. I think the 75% max capacity couldn't come at a better time. We're definitely seeing more people come into Fayetteville and earlier in the season,"said Southside Junction co-owner, Cassidy Bayes.

Bayes has been co-owner of Southside Junction Tap House since May of 2018 and says like many establishments, this pandemic left a negative impact on the business

"Especially last summer we were doing about a little less than 50% of our normal sales monthly," said Bayes. "So, we took a pretty hard hit. People aren't really wanting to come out and share a beer with their buddies in the middle of a pandemic. You know?"

Since capacity limits changed for the mountain state, Bayes said she's had to turn away customers because of the high influx.

Though she's making in-house adjustments, she thinks a little help from the town would be beneficial.

"I wish we could do something like Charleston is doing where we shut down a street, so we'll see how that goes. I know the town is working as hard as they can to make sure that we're are all as profitable and safe as we can be during this time," said the bar owner.

Residents are doing what they can to contribute to that profit.

"I want to support my local community and I know that without my support these places like this would suffer. We're a small town, we've got to stick together," said Michael Moore.

Bayes is hopeful that her small town business will continue to thrive.

"So we're working on filling that back up but still trying to be as safe as possible,"said Bayes.

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