OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WLOX) - Many are set to celebrate not only the beginning of 2021, but the end of 2020. True to the rest of the year, nothing will be normal on the final day of 2020. This could be perhaps the most a unique night for bars in South Mississippi history.
New Years is usually one of the busiest days of the year for bars, but will that change with the COVID-19 cases continuing to climb? Many don’t expect the rising numbers to limit turnout at all.
”I don’t think it’s going to be just the younger generation. I could see the generation right above this younger generation also going out,” said one South Mississippi resident. “I just feel like with where we are as a country right now, I just feel like a lot of people are ready to go out and celebrate something good because 2020 has been such a rough year.”
The question is how late will those who go out stay out? The governor’s executive order has banned the sale of alcoholic beverages between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. which has frustrated many in the restaurant and bar business.
”I didn’t realize this was such a smart virus that it knew how to stop doing anything at 11 o’clock at night,” said Kwitzky’s Dugout owner Kris Kwitzky. “It’s kind of weird, but I guess it’s smarter than I am.”
When asked if he believes everyone is following the rules, Kwitzky stressed that everyone must do what they think is right.
”I can only take care of my end of things,” said Kwitzky. “Everyone has to do what they think is right and I trust that all the other bar owners in ocean springs are going to do what they have to do to make sure they get things done.”
The executive director of the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association admits some are not following the rule, but believes a majority of Mississippi is.
”With any laws and regulations we have our good citizens and our bad citizens. I would say overwhelmingly the number of establishments are adhering to the governors guideline.” said Director Pat Fontaine.