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Ottumwa bar owner speaks out on governor’s new mandate

Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 9:50 AM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Iowa Governor Reynolds' this week issued a mandate forcing restaurants and bars to close at 10pm until further notice.

One local bar owner shared how it changes things for her business.

“I’m just very very happy that we get to stay open with the restrictions that are in place,” says Lisa Morgan.

She’s the owner of Godfrey’s ale house on Northgate street here in Ottumwa. She says although she is happy to follow restrictions, the new mandate may have an effect on her business.

“It could on the weekend, but primarily we slow down around ten o’clock, ten to midnight we could get pretty busy.”

Morgan says that before and during the pandemic people of Ottumwa have kept her business going

" We have been very fortunate, we have had a great response from Ottumwa and the communities surrounding Ottumwa. everyone has said they feel safe coming in here. So we have been very very fortunate that Ottumwa has supported us very well before and after the pandemic."

With her business hours previously closing at midnight to now closing at ten, she says she hopes this new idea works and we start seeing a decrease in covid numbers.

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