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By Andi Bourne

Phase 1 reopening plan for bars and restaurants hard to swallow


April 30, 2020

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

The Filling Station owner Kris Martin reconfigured the bar to account for the six feet of social distancing between parties. After the Governor Steve Bullock released the Phase 1 reopen plan for bars and restaurants, she emailed the Governor's Office explaining the investments she had already made to ensure both her employees' and customers' safety. Now with the added requirements to remove all the bar stools from the bar and more than half of her casino machines, she will need to remain closed until restrictions are loosened in Phase 1. "I've barely held on and will surely go bankrupt trying to conform to the actual opening," Martin wrote in the email. "Please help us, we are trying hard to open safely."

SEELEY LAKE – "I want to make sure you guys are safe and customers have the ability to be safe in here," said Kris Martin, owner of The Filling Station as she stood in front of her employees April 26. "I have to get back in business so I can stay alive and hopefully everyone has a job when all of this is over and not with someone else."

After reviewing Governor Steve Bullock's statewide reopening directives released Wednesday, April 22, Martin called a meeting with her employees. Even though they weren't paid to be there, 13 of the 18 employees attended and the others wanted to be there....

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