One day has come and past since West Virginia Governor Jim Justice ordered all of the state’s casinos to close and restaurants and bars to end dine-in options.
The other creating an impact on both the businesses and the local economy.
“You have to do this know,” said Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Administrator Howard Gamble. “This is a time of trying to control a disease.”
“They were slow,” said Chris Burress, owner of Tito’s Sloppy Dogs. Probably 20% down from where we usually are.”
Burress talking about his sales on Wednesday.
“It is a good precaution but it does suck,” he said. “I don’t like it but yes. It’s what we have to do.”
Burress says he’s not against the governor’s decision, but money could get tight in the future.
When we asked why he’s still open, he had a simple answer.
“I like money. I’m not going to make it sitting at home.”
Across town at Generations Restaurant and Pub, and it was busy.
Not with customers, but with employees.
“We’re going to take the opportunity to reinvest in the business,” said owner Mike Duplaga.
Workers were cleaning all of the tables and chairs, as well as redoing the floor, but that’s not all.
“We are in the process also of epoxying the floors in the kitchen, redoing all the walls, floors, ceilings, new kitchen equipment,” said Duplaga. “We’re just going to take the opportunity to refurbish the restaurant, reinvest in the restaurant.”
He isn’t crazy about the governor’s decision to shut down the bars and restaurants.
“I think that things have gotten a little crazy about what’s being closed across the country, including the bars and restaurants.”
But what he is crazy about is making the best out of every situation.
For business owners that don’t abide by the order, Gamble explains what could happen.
“One, we remove your food service permit,” said Gamble. “And that will be removed until we’re ready to re-issue that back to you. Two, we will then contact law enforcement. And if it’s necessary they will assist us with a permanent closure.”
As of yet, the health department has not had any owners resisting the order to close.