DC-area sports activities bars longing for NFL season begin
D.C.-area bars are able to welcome sports activities followers longing for the beginning of the soccer season. And they’re taking measures to maintain patrons secure throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
With the pandemic nonetheless threatening public well being, many soccer followers will, undoubtedly, select to look at Thursday evening’s opening recreation of the NFL season from the protection of their very own properties.
The NFL season kicks off at 7 p.m., when the defending Tremendous Bowl champion Kansas Metropolis Chiefs host the Houston Texans.
However some sports activities followers, maybe these itching to interrupt the routine or those that discover consolation cheering with others, will discover that among the space’s sports activities bars are up and operating and able to welcome them.
“To start with we’re delighted to have reside sports activities again,” mentioned Dave Cahill, common supervisor of Eire’s 4 Courts in Arlington, Virginia. “We’re lucky right here on the 4 Courts; we have now three totally different rooms, and we have now a big out of doors space. So we have now 18 televisions inside and three TVs outdoors. Having three rooms, it’s going to permit us to unfold individuals out all around the rooms, 6 ft aside and nonetheless benefit from the soccer,” he mentioned.
Cahill mentioned the power follows all state pointers for COVID-19 security.
One other spacious sports activities bar is Caddies in Bethesda, Maryland, whose two 10-foot storage doorways open to show the entrance of the restaurant, offering an inside-outdoor really feel. There’s additionally a big patio, the place the motion will be considered on a few of Caddies’ 40 TVs.
“We’ve been actually proactive courting again to June. First after we had been allowed to reopen … with our safety guards taking temperatures on the door … all of our tables are socially distanced and unfold out. We’re utilizing all plastic ware, disposable cups … hand sanitizer is positioned in 10 totally different positions … we’re doing our half to maintain everybody who is available in right here secure,” mentioned Ronnie Heckman, proprietor of Caddies.
Each Eire’s 4 Courts and Caddies subscribe to “NFL Sunday Ticket,” a sports activities package deal that broadcasts all NFL video games.
“We really feel very constructive; we really feel that it’s child steps; we’re in a significantly better place than we had been a month in the past, and every time we’re studying extra about this and have the precise protocol to maintain individuals secure,” Cahill mentioned.
“We’ll have all of the video games, We’re going to kick off on Thursday evening … and the sport Sunday and the 2 video games on Monday evening,” he mentioned.
The Washington Soccer Crew hosts the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at 1 p.m.
One massive problem Caddies faces is Montgomery County’s 10 p.m. curfew on gross sales of alcohol consumed on the premises.
However nonetheless, it’s trying ahead to serving as a hub for soccer followers.
“It’s not serving to us, however we’re hoping they’re working via issues, they usually’re determining a technique to give us a few additional hours of alcohol service,” Heckman mentioned.
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