The Saga of the Bar and Nightclub Businesses in the U.S.

An earlier research study showed that in pumping up the jam, bar and nightclub businesses make customers want to have more of the alcoholic drink they’re having. The technique works well, which suggests that if both the drinks and the music are good, the establishment could be jam packed until the wee hours of the morning.

Every nightlife venue had a good thing going, and the cash register just kept ringing until the COVID-19 pandemic came along. Suddenly all businesses operating to provide recreation and entertainment had to come to an abrupt halt; people had to stay at home in order to stop the novel coronavirus from spreading.

State Governments Gave in to Requests of Allowing Bars and Nightclubs to Sell Alcohol via Delivery Services

Although many state governments afforded some leniency to food and drink businesses by allowing them to continue selling, but only to serve takeout and delivery orders. People can even order drinks online, which under ordinary circumstances is not allowed under a state’s alcohol control laws. Apparently, traditional liquor stores fared better because they are able to sell packs of beer and bottles of wine and liquor without limit.

Bars and nightclubs innovated by selling cocktails-to-go and bottled-alcohol services, just to keep their businesses afloat while the lockdown mandate was still in force . In states like Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Claifornia and Florida, night time venues were allowed to reopen sooner than expected; supposedly with safe-distancing restrictions that barred establishments from operating with full capacity.

Too Hard to Resist Loud and Lively Music Combined with Alcohol On-Demand

Where loud and lively music beckoned night owls longing to go back to the way nightlife used to be before the pandemic, many bars and nightclubs just didn’t have the heart to turn away customers. That was without regard if people inside can no longer safely distance from each other. The problem with contagions is that every new transmission occurring in a crowded bar or nightclub, contributes to the exponential growth of the number of active COVID-91 infections.

The blaring and up-beat tempo is still working, as many residents who went into lockdown period of three months at the most, just had to go out and feel alive. In other states, owners of bars and restaurants felt they had the bad luck of being in a state that would rather take caution by keeping the night scene venues closed.

Yet in a matter of weeks, states that allowed premature reopening began to regret their decision as the spread of COVID-19 more than just continued. Scientists and virology experts are now saying that the novel coronavirus had evolved, enabling the pathogens to stay active while airborne for a longer period. Moreover, hospitals are reporting new symptoms and that the new cases now include many younger people.

Governors in New COVID Hotspots Order Bars and Nightclubs to Shut Down Again

Today, as many as 19 states have become hotspots, with Florida in the lead for having the highest number of COVID-19 cases. While the governors of Arizona, California and Texas admitted having made the wrong decision by reopening prematurely, Florida refuses to budge out of its reopened status.

That is considering that the Sunshine State is currently facing a bleak future, as it is now the major hotspot area in the U.S. Last July 06, 2020, Florida broke the record number of 12, 274 per day cases recorded by New York, the former hotspot state, when test results came out with more than 15,000 additional new cases.

The saga of bars and nightclub businesses seems to be heading toward an unhappy ending, as the spike in cases of infection were mostly traced from clusters of people who have been to the said venues.