Friday, April 23, 2021

Ottawa bar thrilled to reopen Friday, with live music

The Brass Monkey is working to live stream upcoming shows where fans can purchase a cover charge or donation that will go directly to the bands. Monday, Mar. 16, 2020. Errol McGihon/Postmedia

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After four months of trying to keep their businesses afloat without revenue, Ottawa’s bar and nightclub owners are determining what it will take to COVID-proof their establishments under the Stage 3 guidelines, and if they’ll be ready to open Friday. 

For Brass Monkey co-owner Scott Ruffo, the decision was a quick one. 

“Our plan is definitely to open this weekend,” Ruffo said in an interview. “We’re having a staff meeting (Monday) to go through the protocols and precautions that we have to take. People are eager to get out, and we’re excited to have them, for sure.”

At nearly 8,000 square feet, the basement bar on Greenbank Road is one of the bigger venues in town, which means plenty of space for 50 people, the maximum number allowed to gather indoors under the Stage 3 guidelines. Still, Ruffo is considering marking the floor to show people where they can sit to ensure the two-metre buffer between each table. 

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