COVID-19 guidelines keep restaurants from raking in game-day profits


BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Despite Virginia Tech’s health restrictions for their football home opener on Saturday, if a restaurant or bar in downtown Blacksburg has a TV, it’s most likely packed.

However, managers — like the one at Sharkey’s on Main Street — say looks can be deceiving when it comes to profits.

The town only allows 50 percent capacity for indoors seating due to COVID-19 concerns. In addition, many customers are likely to stay the entire game, which keeps tables from filtering in and out of the restaurant.

One manager says restaurants are working together to help “share the wealth” during this time.

“There’s been an unspoken understanding amongst all bars in Blacksburg, where nobody is doing happy hour because nobody is trying to take away from other peoples’ business and everyone’s trying to, in a group effort, get along,” said Cameron Longmire, manager at Sharkey’s. “Everybody’s got everyone else’s back. We’re all looking out for each other. It’s nice.”

Both Blacksburg and Montgomery County have seen a large spike in COVID-19 cases since August.

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