The word came down Thursday afternoon that breweries would once again have to close off indoor seating beginning this Monday. We sent out a mass email asking for responses, and the initial responses were full of rage.
“If we don’t band together against this tyrannical idiot we are all OVER!!!” one owner wrote.
Others just seemed resigned to their fates, which could mean that a wave of closures may be on the horizon.
“We don’t have many options at this point,” another wrote in response. “We’ve been in contact with attorneys to see what recourse may be available, but I don’t have much hope.”
A third owner went so far as to say he might move his brewery.
“I would be more than happy to give my perspective, but most of what I think is counter-productive and will fall on deaf ears,” he wrote. “This governor obviously has never owned a business, as have most politicians, so therefore they have no idea how the actions of government impact those of us who actually create jobs and pay taxes. They only know how to kill jobs and spend our taxes.
“A friend of mine just noted that NM is not much better than a quasi-commie Latin American country, and I couldn’t agree more. It takes some real balls to basically tell residents that they can’t use our state parks that we as citizens own, and to tell out-of-state visitors that we don’t want you to not only come and stay in our beautiful state, but we don’t even want you stopping to gas up or go souvenir shopping. We don’t want any of your money or tax revenue.
“Fine, I will take my business to AZ, CO and TX where they don’t have quarantine rules and want my money.”
We are declining to publicly reveal the identities of these owners as to avoid their staffs having to confront angry customers.
One owner who offered more measured thoughts was Ex Novo’s Joel Gregory.
“Ex Novo on-site is going to be OK without indoor seating this summer, as most of our seating is outside anyway,” he wrote. “We’ll need to continue to see what we can do for shade and comfort on these super hot days. It will impact our distribution sales as several of our accounts will be shut down again or ordering far less beer, of course. Along with most owners, I’m quite worried about what happens late this fall when the weather turns if we are still in this holding pattern, or even at 50 percent (occupancy).
“For now, I feel for our brewery compadres without patio seating as this is a crushing blow in the time when we all need to be paying bills and staff for the summer. However, I do understand the need to not go the direction of AZ and TX, who really hurt us by their caution-to-the-wind approach to this — if those numbers weren’t looming large as our neighbors, I think the governor wouldn’t have gone this direction. Wear your masks, y’all, and be kind. We need to get out of this.”
As more reactions pour in, we will update this story.
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