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Some suburban Milwaukee County businesses prepare to open while others wait

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Stay-at-home orders for the suburban cities in Milwaukee County expire Friday, May 22, and health officials say all remaining businesses in those 18 cities will be able to reopen if they choose to. 

The manager of Leff's Lucky Town in Wauwatosa, spent the day getting ready to offer outdoor seating six feet apart beginning Friday morning. 

"Obviously everybody wants to open. But it’s about being responsible for the community, and treating this very seriously, and just seeing how things go," said Dean Leffler, Leff's Lucky Town Manager. 

Double B's BBQ in West Allis says the news of a potential reopen came so fast they won't be ready right away. 

"The plan is to sit down with the team and go over exactly how we’re going to implement all the new social distancing rules, and cleaning, sanitizing, how we’re going to be doing table care," said Nina Timber, the operator of Double B's BBQ. 

Double B's BBQ plans to reopen Tuesday, May 26. 

Health officials throughout Milwaukee County are advising businesses to follow CDC guidelines. 

"'Tosa has sent out some letters," Leffler said. "It's been on their website what they recommend." 

Those guidelines are voluntary to follow. 

Some businesses -- like Bug N Out in West Allis -- don't feel safe to open right now and are waiting until June. 

"I definitely think it’s not safe to open up a bar," said Bug N Out Lounge Owner, Amy Burns-Thompson. "I know when I’m drinking I get close to people. I want to talk. Everybody is like that. You lose your inhibitions when you’re drinking, and that’s what makes it fun, but that’s also what makes it dangerous.”


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