Milwaukee businesses have dramatically different timelines to reopen following June 1 city changes

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Discovery World CEO Bryan Wunar is still working on his plans to open exhibits, ditch the masks and remove social distancing requirements.

He does not expect all the changes to happen right away.

“Rather than flipping a switch, I think it’s more like turning a dial," Wunar said. "And we’ll start putting some things in place, so that as of June 1, we’ll start to see some changes.”

To some businesses, June 1 means nothing. Morel Restaurant owner Jonathan Manyo does not want to make changes until customers feel safe.

“We’re in the service industry," Manyo said. "We’re here to serve our customers, and we need to give them the best experience possible.

Other venues do plan to make immediate changes. Wisconsin Center District President Marty Brooks expects venues like UWM Panther Arena and the Miller High Life Theater to stop requiring masks for vaccinated people on June 1.

“We went around the office high-fiving one another, just because it’s a day we’ve been waiting for for a while, although it did accelerate much quicker than we anticipated," Brooks said of Barrett's announcement that restrictions would end June 1. "So we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.”

Many businesses are not sure if or how they will check that people are vaccinated. Discovery World is still talking to the city health department about that policy.

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