Super Bowl fans flock to Omaha’s bars and restaurants despite the pandemic

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – With COVID restrictions lifted in the state of Nebraska, it didn’t stop fans from gathering for the Super Bowl on Sunday night.

“Everyone has a general sense of purpose, practical safety precautions, hand washing, wearing a mask when you’re with someone, and social distancing,” said Spencer Murphy, who was at the Varsity Sports Cafe in Dundee.

Although it wasn’t full, it was pretty busy but too busy, fans said. “I wanted to go to a place that wasn’t crowded and I wanted to gauge how their social distancing and COVID safety measures are in place,” said Jen Bauer, who checked the place before sitting down with friends. “I got in here. I did a quick scan, the tables are still distributed, we are not all crowded at the bar thinking it was a safe situation. “

Over in Aksarben Village at DJ’s Dugout it was full too; Some fans arrived early to secure a seat. “I’m not so worried about Covid, but I do worry that we won’t get a seat, a table or be served,” said Tara Hyde.

COVID hasn’t slowed the crowds in the Capital District either. “We have our masks on and everything like that. And do you have extra staff to do the cleaning for us, ”said Nikole Eliakis, Addys Sports Bar & Grill. “And make sure that big parties are still a little apart. We don’t want to put too many people in a confined space, so we do what we can.

During their time at Varsity Sports in Dundee, fans aren’t too shy to speak up if necessary. I wouldn’t be nervous if I asked people to respect my place, ”Murphy said. “I wouldn’t be nervous about putting this on either, but people seem to respect it, as does the establishment itself.”

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