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Some Restaurants in Sioux City Plan to Stay Closed to Diners During the Pandemic

M's on 4th

Starting today more businesses can re-open in the state of Iowa, including Woodbury County.  This includes salons, tattoo parlors and retail outlets. Restaurants can reopen with restrictions.  But, as Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reports several in Sioux City plan to stay closed.

Even though restaurants can serve diners at 50% capacity on Friday, the owner of M’s on Fourth says his establishment will not open.

“Everybody needs to do what they need to do for their business.  But, I think there’s a few of us who believe public safety is priority.

Vernon Meyer says M’s on 4th shut down three weeks ago, even for takeout and will reopen when cases calm down in the Sioux City area.

“I have been out and about because of necessity and see ¾ of people in local establishments not wearing masks.  It’s unfortunately, because you can be a carrier without even showing symptoms.”  

Meyer says his business just finalized a federal loan Thursday and they’re still waiting for the funding.

But, the money is just a short-term solution.

“It could be long term.  It could recycle if people take this seriously.  I’m willing to suffer short-term loses for long-term gains.”

The Facebook page Siouxland Eats contains several posts from other restaurants also deciding to wait before opening up their businesses.

Several businesses remain closed in the state of Iowa that includes long-term care facilities, bars, casinos, parks and museums.

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.