New Years Eve in Dallas comes with another year of COVID-19 concerns as community leaders discourage large crowds.
Dallas businesses have options for customers to celebrate with caution.
At Scott’s Discount Liquor on Botham Jean Boulevard, many customers said on Friday they had no plans to attend the big midnight celebrations.
“Most definitely, there is too much going on, not just with COVID. People are using their life in senseless ways today. So we’re going to be there for sure, ”said customer Bieria Cole.
Dallas has many more football visitors to town this weekend.
A couple supporting the University of Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl were shopping at Scott’s to stock up on items for a private New Years celebration later.
“We’re probably going to stay inside, yeah. We have enough things to do in the game. We’re going to do it and probably stay inside, ”Cincinnati fan Brad Faust said.
Arizona’s Caleb Hock and Kaylan Pascko to support their Cardinals against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday announced they are planning a night out on the town.
“We’re definitely going to go out tonight, have dinner, maybe find a place where we can celebrate, walk around town and see where the festivities are going,” Hock said.
One option for them could be The Rustic in Uptown Dallas. The Rustic has a large outdoor area that makes some guests feel more comfortable in the event of a pandemic. And during the winter months, a tent covers much of the outdoor space in case of rain, expected Friday night.
A Mexican family visiting Rustic Friday said they love the outdoor space but find Dallas risky.
“Here I am surprised because I see people who do not use face masks,” said Mexican visitor Ana Covar. “Just quick to eat or drink, we take it off, but we try to use it all the time because it’s better for me and for you and for everyone.”
Mary Machul of The Rustic said business has been strong in recent weeks in the restaurant and concert hall with the warm weather Dallas has enjoyed. She said customers themselves decide on the appropriate action.
“We don’t know we’ll see exactly the turnout that we have years gone by, before COVID, but we do expect a good crowd, people who want to sit outside and enjoy the live music. We have Abraham Alexander playing tonight, a local artist from DFW. So we think we’ll have a busy but safe evening, ”she said.
Kaylan Pascko from Arizona said this could be a great place to visit.
“Cool, I love live music, yeah,” she said.
Back at Scott’s, Door Dash driver Rodney Smith bought some champagne for customers who don’t even want to go to the liquor store in person.
Smith said a small fraction of his deliveries were alcohol most of the time, but on Friday 90% of his customers wanted New Years Eve supplies delivered to their homes.
“I can understand because they have children, grandparents. They don’t want to make anyone sick. We have to be very careful because we go inside different stores. So we take all the risks, ”said Smith.
All of these businesses offer a variety of ways to celebrate this New Year in Dallas.
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