BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. — A Baltimore County restaurant is calling on the Governor to allow them to stay for at least two more hours for this Saturday's playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills.
Back in November, Governor Larry Hogan ordered bars and restaurants to close at 10:00 p.m. with capacity limited to 50 percent.
The game, which is set to begin at 8:15 p.m., will go well over the curfew and customers will have to leave by halftime.
C&R Pub’s General Manager Ryan Appling said restaurants, which already lost money because of restrictions, will miss out on additional revenue due to the 10:00 p.m. closing time.
He's hoping the governor will extend the curfew on Saturday as one-time exception. .
“It could bring in an extra 25-30 perfect of revenue for us which would help provide extra tips for our servers and extra hours for our staff," he said.
Appling said the restaurant has lost more than 30 percent of its profits because of the curfew and had to cut hours for some employees.
Last Sunday, he said C&R Pub had its busiest day since opening a couple of years ago when the Ravens took on the Titans.
Although, Appling said he's fortunate they're allowed to be open even with restrictions, he said the extra money will only help.
“I think it will be wonderful for the community. Wonderful for my employees, especially if the Ravens win it will provide an uplift," he said.
Governor Larry Hogan addressed easing restrictions for bars and restaurants during a press conference on Tuesday.
"No, I would not be interested in that," he said citing concerning COVID-19 metrics. "Now is not the time to be easing off restrictions."