“It’s like lifting a weight”

Matthew Gutowski, one of Replay’s leaders in Andersonville, says it’s a relief not having to check people’s vaccination status.

“It’s like a weight being lifted,” Gutowski said.

“Feels good,” said Andrew Scott, a Monday night customer. “It’s just great to be able to see everyone smiling again.”

“I feel so free!” added another customer. “I can wear lipstick, I can show my smile, so it’s just a great feeling for me.”

“I’m pretty happy, and I think a lot of our staff are too,” Gutowski said. “It’s like the end of an era. We’re pretty happy about that. It’s been two long years, and we’ve done everything we can to keep everyone safe and we think now is the time. .”

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After temporarily closing in early January due to the burden of being the mask and vaccination ‘police’, the West Town Irish nobleman is delighted to be up and running again without the warrants.

“We’re getting a lot of feedback on our Facebook, everyone is thrilled we’re reopened,” owner Declan Morgan said. “We took down our sign today that said masks were needed, so a lot of people were excited about that.”

Replay reserves a section for those who feel even more comfortable with masks.

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