Service industry workers also set to return as bars reopen

Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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With bars reopening at 50% Monday, that means more and more service industry employees will also be heading back to work.

“I feel ecstatic,” DJ Bryant Camara said. “I feel like it’s a longtime coming. We’ve been in quarantine way too long.”

Known as “DJ Tanke,” Camara is counting down the days until he goes back to host at the “The Llama’s House” at Miromar Outlets in Estero.

“It’s definitely taking a toll. Luckily for me, I was able to do private parties, which people are still doing,” Camara said. “So that’s kept me afloat, but being able to go back to the night club starting next week, it’s very exciting.”

Camara be playing music, but no one is allowed to dance. The new state order prohibits it currently, and no mingling between tables.

Kip Notbolm owns Celsius night club and Cowboy Up Saloon in downtown Fort Myers. He and his customers will deal with the restrictions.

“It’s tough just because bar for such a social situation,” Notbolm said.

Notbolm even has a plan to help people resist temptation to get up and move. Notbolm also said he’s planning to hire more bouncers to make sure people keep their social distance.

“We’re going to rearrange some of the furniture, we’re going to close off most of the dance floor and put couches and maybe reopen as more of a lounge.”

Camara is excited to get back to work while making sure everyone stays safe.

“We’re expecting a follow by the rules of course,” Camara said. “We’re not expecting our full capacity like we wish we could have, but hey a starts a start.”

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