TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Bar restrictions could be coming soon. Governor Reeves announced Thursday that he may issue new restrictions on bars on Friday to try and slow the spread of the coronavirus.
“I would anticipate that I will announce tomorrow, some additional restrictions on bars throughout Mississippi. I would anticipate that it will be state-wide,” Governor Reeves said, hinting at his upcoming announcement.
Jeri Carter owns and operates Queen’s Reward Meadery in Tupelo with her husband. She said they’ve taken several steps to keep their customers safe.
“We’ve actually doubled our seating space in the meadery, but we haven’t doubled the number of seats so we’ve had to spread out inside to make it so people can socially distance,” Carter said.
She said they’ve also added more seating outside.
Carter said they started making and hand sanitizer in March.
“Our focus and our goal is to take care of our customers and to take care of our employees,” she said.
She said business has had its ups and downs during the pandemic, especially at first, but she said it’s fairly picked back up. She said as far as restrictions, the meadery is not a traditional bar.
“Technically we are not a bar, we are a winery.”
She said, however, the meadery follows the same procedures.
“When the governor or the mayor declares a proclamation, we generally follow the same guidelines as they set for bars.”
She said all of their drinks are served in plastic, disposable containers, even if customers get refills, they still get new cups.
She said she intends to comply with any restrictions the governor or the mayor may add.
“If he asks us to restrict, we’ll restrict because that, this is more important to end this, to get this slowed down.”
Carter said she appreciates her customers.
“Our customers have been fabulous. They have supported us, they have been there for us, and I don’t see that changing, it’s just that Tupelo spirit, so I think, I think we’ll be fine,” Carter said.
Carter said the meadery ships product across the state and out of the state. she said employees only are allowed in the production area, and they’ve stopped tours of the production area as well to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.