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 grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.