Bars and Restaurants Reopen With Restrictions

When the Flathead City-County Health Department ordered bars and restaurants to close their doors to the public to prevent COVID-19’s spread on March 19, Cypress Yard General Manager Morgan Cawdrey began a takeout service in hopes of maintaining some business.

But Cawdrey ended up halting takeout and delivery to allow his employees to shelter in place while he figured out summer events and booking refunds for the restaurant’s catering service.

Now that restaurants, bars, casinos, breweries and distilleries are allowed to reopen with restrictions, as of May 4, Cypress Yard is transitioning back up to dine-in services, but Cawdrey and other restaurateurs now face a new host of challenges in order to keep customers and employees safe.