Olde Salem Brewery reopens patio with restrictions

SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7)-- Folks are now able to enjoy their beer and the outdoors again at Olde Salem Brewing in downtown Salem.

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The brewery opened its patio for outdoor seating Friday. To meet social distancing criteria, the tables and chairs are placed apart. Brewery employees are also continuously sanitizing and using plastic cups. They are allowing up to 30 people on the patio at a time.

No matter the changes, the brewery's general manager says he's excited to see it back open.

"It definitely feels good; we definitely need it. A lot of businesses around here are obviously struggling, and any little bit helps, especially now,. The weather is getting nicer; this is peak season for breweries around the area," Shea Coffey said.

He says they had to let go some of their staff but are now able to rehire them after receiving a Paycheck Protection Program loan.

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