By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jun 04, 2020 at 12:15 PM

Since the time of publication of this article, Mayor Barrett declared businesses may reopen at limited capacity starting Friday, June 5 at 2 p.m. Read more here.

City of Milwaukee bar and restaurant owners and employees plan to reopen their establishments on Monday – at least for a few hours – if they do not get a definitive plan from Mayor Barrett by Friday, June 5.

Metro Milwaukee bars and restaurants have been legally open for two weeks, and city of Milwaukee bar owners demand to reopen as well. The group, which organized online, says they will comply with social distancing rules, limited capacities and will increase sanitizing surfaces. 

"We take this virus very seriously, but when every business gets an all clear except for the the city bars and restaurants it doesn't make a lot of sense," says Diane Dowland, a Milwaukee bar manager. "We understand this is uncharted territory, but we're not the root of the problem."

Dowland says 50 or more businesses could participate in the temporary reopening on Monday.

"We've all put a lot of money – money we don't have – into renovations and safety precautions with no hope in sight," says Dowland.

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more information about this developing story.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.