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City of Milwaukee bars and restaurants say they cannot afford to be closed any longer.

Milwaukee bars plan to reopen Monday, with or without city's support

Since the time of publication of this article, Mayor Barrett declared businesses may reopen at limited capacity starting Friday, June 5 at 2 p.m. Read more here.

City of Milwaukee bar and restaurant owners and employees plan to reopen their establishments on Monday – at least for a few hours – if they do not get a definitive plan from Mayor Barrett by Friday, June 5.

Metro Milwaukee bars and restaurants have been legally open for two weeks, and city of Milwaukee bar owners demand to reopen as well. The group, which organized online, says they will comply with social distancing rules, limited capacities and will increase sanitizing surfaces.

"We take this virus very seriously, but when every business gets an all clear except for the the city bars and restaurants it doesn't make a lot of sense," says Diane Dowland, a Milwaukee bar manager. "We understand this is uncharted territory, but we're not the root of the problem."

Dowland says 50 or more businesses could participate in the temporary reopening on Monday.

"We've all put a lot of money – money we don't have – into renovations and safety precautions with no hope in sight," says Dowland.

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more information about this developing story.

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