RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — Radford City Council met Friday afternoon to present a temporary ordinance as part of a proactive attempt to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19 as cases continue to rise across the Commonwealth.
“If we do small things along the way, it might prevent us from having a larger issue that requires much more difficult choices and things that can be more devastating,” said Radford Mayor David Horton.
In an eight-page proposal from the city council meeting on Friday, July 31, one section highlights establishments that serve alcohol must stop serving after 10 p.m, leaving many local restaurant owners and residents worried.
“You’re trying to stop the crowds at 10 o’clock but this is a college town community,” said Radford resident Greg Webb. “They’re still going to gather in different places.”
“We could help the public by staying open because we are following the governors’ orders. By practicing doing social distancing and making people are wearing their masks if they’re not physically eating and drinking,” said BT’s Restaurant owner, Kelsi Jones.
Local restaurant owners like Jones say they want to be apart of the solution not penalized.
“It would hurt the business for sure,” said Jones. “I think the bigger impact it’s going to impact the health of the community more. If they leave our establishments and they’re out in the community that is not being monitored by anybody.”
The temporary ordinance in Radford also mandates masks, and without one, there could be a penalty.
“The mask is a big choice,” said Webb. “You should wear it for the safety of other people, all trying to do keep each other safe.”