TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) -- A Lafayette bar owner said he's going to lose money thanks to a new countywide ordinance.
It forces bars, restaurants and night clubs to close at midnight.
Thursday, the health department admistrator told News 18 it allows the businesses to stay open even though COVID-19 cases are rising. She said it's an effort to avoid shutting them down.
"It's going to affect sales and some people's livelihoods," said bartender Kristi Spencer.
Spencer spends her days bartending at Big League Sports Bar and Grill.
"The regulars that come in are big tippers or they're just very generous with their time and money," Spencer said. "Coming in every day, every week and essentially paying our bills."
But she said an ordinance put in place by the Tippecanoe County Health Department is going to put a strain on employees wallets.
"A lot of those sales from regulars that come in from factories, especially Subaru, are how most of us survive," she added. "It's definitely going to take a toll on us."
As News 18 reported Wednesday, the ordinance includes a mandate closing all restaurants, bars and clubs at midnight.
Big League Owner Jerry Strok said 50 percent of the bar's revenue comes after 12 a.m.
"Twelve to three is a bulk of our business with the local industry and the late night employees," he said. "It's going to affect our revenue."
Strok said he understands why the health department put the order in place, but he's still worried about losing money.
He said he's not the only one.
"We'll abide by what they have to do," Strok said. "We don't agree with it. Nobody agrees with it in our industry. We feel like we're getting penalized."
Strok said it will affect more than the night shift. He explained that some may have to work other hours to make a living.
This could be a problem for daytime bartenders like Spencer.
"It is scary," Spencer added. "We all want to work night shifts essentially, but if someone has to take one of my day shifts that's definitely going to affect me."
As we've been reporting, the rules take affect Friday. Strok said he doesn't think he'll have to let anyone go if revenue goes down.