STARKVILLE, Miss (WTVA) - The coronavirus hit many businesses hard during the pandemic. In many places, health guidelines put a target on bars which has impacted their revenue.
Eulalio Mendoza is the manager of Drifters Bar and Grill in Starkville where he says the nightlife has changed dramatically.
"There's just not a lot of people out anymore and usually in football season you can't get people off the streets here," says Mendoza.
The dwindled nightlife has brought tough times to the bar according to Mendoza.
"The money that was here a year ago is not even remotely close to what it is now," says the manager. "Everyone has been suffering a little bit."
When Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves opened up more businesses, Drifters slowly saw its customers returning to the bar but patrons must follow new guidelines to receive their drinks.
Mendoza says customers are not allowed to order a drink without their masks covering their mouth and nose. Once the individual receives their drink, the customer must sit down.
Even with the increased number of customers, Mendoza says the atmosphere will not be the same this Saturday.
"In the Cotton District it's a lot different because usually it's completely packed on game days and it's what you want to see in a college town," Mendoza explains. "Not being able to see that really puts a damper on football season."