Pandemic made for slower New Year’s Eve turnout in downtown Cedar Rapids

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 5:48 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -The new year brought with it some who were out ready to ring it in, but the Cedar Rapids bars we spoke with say overall it was a slower New Year’s Eve turnout compared to years past.

Chad Weber was working the bar at The Map Room on 3rd Street SE last night.

“Definitely a smaller turnout, I’m guessing a lot of people did the whole stay at home virtual New Year’s Eve celebration,” he told us.

He says they had more people than a usual Thursday and during a pandemic he’ll take what he can get.

“It’s kind of a typical Friday night for us, which was very nice to see on a Thursday,” Weber says.

A block away at Pub 217, Owner Bryan Bredman says they had about half as many people celebrating as last year.

He says some of that is due to occupancy limits due to COVID-19, something that was a 2020 norm for them.

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