HENDERSON (KTNV) — Having beers and sitting at a restaurant to watch the Super Bowl is the norm in a typical year.
That was certainly was the norm at CraftHaus in Henderson.
“It was a happy time. We didn’t have to worry about counting heads so much," said owner Wyndee Forrest. "It was a little more carefree.”
But that was last year. The pandemic is forcing businesses to make changes and owner Forrest has been proactive.
“We’re encouraging people to take home beer if they so choose because we’re still abiding by the 25% occupancy,” she said.
This means less foot traffic than last year and reservations are required.
The Big Game is one of the biggest sources of business for Forrest during the year, but a robust to-go program has helped address any potential loss with to-go orders up this year.
“We see a lot of to-go sales, so packaged and canned beers to go, the week leading up to the Super Bowl," she said. "That’s still seen here in the taproom."
With people expected to still come out to restaurants and bars, local doctors are urging them to take precautions.
“Make sure that you’re always wearing a mask and that you social distance," advised Dr. Christina Madison with Roseman University. "Wash your hands frequently and only take your mask off if you’re eating or drinking."
Forrest encourages people to continue supporting businesses for Super Bowl weekend, especially local ones like hers.
“It makes a difference in their community when they choose to support local, even for a national game," she said.
"The businesses around your community, they give back to the community as well."