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New Year’s Eve expected to draw crowds from Wisconsin, Minnesota to Superior

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SUPERIOR, WI-- As 2020 comes to a close, New Year's Eve will look different for Minnesota bars and restaurants, shut down due to the pandemic.

However, that's not the case in Wisconsin.

With indoor dining halted in Minnesota for the last two months, Superior businesses have seen a lot more traffic come over the border.

"You're going to come in this parking lot and it's going to look like Minnesota, and that's how it is and it's too bad," said Mark Mohr, owner of Gronks Grill and Bar in Superior.

Mohr and his team at Gronks say during Minnesota's latest restrictions their business has doubled, but keeping customers and staff safe is still a priority.

"I think it's great and all but we have 50 less chairs in here and 10 less tables than what we usually operate and we're doing twice the business," said Mohr.

Most bars and resturants near the border are seeing a boost from Minnesota customers.

With New Year's Eve almost here, Superior Mayor Jim Paine hopes people who choose to go out understand the risk.

"Obviously it's safest to stay home. We know that COVID-19 spreads in large groups, especially large groups indoors, and so anybody that spends any significant amount of time in a bar or restaurant that gets very crowded is at a very high risk of contacting COVID-19," said Mayor Paine.

For people planning on celebrating at a bar, Mayor Paine says try to find one where you can spread out as much as possible.

"If you have to go to a bar on New Year's, you have options. If the one you were going to go to is too crowded there may be some other place that may be larger or a little less crowded and therefore more safe," said Mayor Paine.

Gronks will be closing on New Year's Eve at 10 P.M.

There are no state-mandated capacity restrictions on in-person dining in Wisconsin.

However, a statewide mask mandate is in effect until the middle of January.

Natalie Grant

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