(WTVA) - A bar owner in Clay County blames a countywide curfew during the coronavirus for causing his business to take a hit.
The Hill Bar and Grill is near West Point.
The co-owner of the bar and grill, Robert McReynolds, said his bar along with many others are struggling as Clay County's 10 P.M. curfew is in effect.
“We’re literally running on fumes,” he said.
McReynolds said when the pandemic began, he closed down his bar for three months, as a way to keep his customers safe.
“Me making a dollar wasn’t worth somebody I love life," he said. "Everybody in here is pretty much family.”
However, as the coronavirus trudges on, business for the Hill went downhill.
McReynolds went from six employees to just two.
One of those without a job was Hill DJ, Joey Morgan.
“It’s not just affecting this business, which it is drastically," explained Morgan. "It’s affecting our clientele.”
McReynolds said last call is at 9:15 P.M. and the parking lot needs to be cleared by 9:45 P.M. in order to meet the countywide curfew.
Morgan believes these early nights aren't just hurting businesses, but also the county.
He said customers will travel to other counties to find a bar that's still open into the night.
“They’re going to go wherever it takes," he said. "You can’t stop people from gathering.”
McReynolds said the curfew put his bar on the verge of closing for good.
Morgan mentioned he and a few other business owners plan to plead their case before county supervisors hoping to push back the curfew to at least midnight.