Bar owners reckon with costly stop and starts as states close them down again


People stand in queue to enter a restaurant on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida on June 26, 2020.

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The list keeps getting longer. 

Governors in Michigan, Florida, Texas, California, Colorado and Arizona are closing thousands of bars again ahead of the Fourth of July weekend as Covid-19 cases in those states surge. 

For bar owners, the rollbacks have sown confusion and stress, and threaten the survival of their businesses. Many spent their much-needed cash to reopen, only to close again days or weeks later. 

“The stop and start costs thousands of dollars for every business,” said David Kaplan, co-owner of Death & Co, a cocktail lounge with locations in…


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