All the signature Oxford restaurants will be open for business on Red Brick Friday, including Bagel & Deli, Skippers, Fiesta Charra, Bodega, and Mac & Joe’s. Both the city and individual businesses are being proactive about masks and social distancing. Oxford passed a mask ordinance before Gov. DeWine did, though, like the state law, the Oxford law is designed to be as non-confrontational as possible.
“People think it’s okay to not wear a mask when they’re outside,” she said. “We want people to wear masks as long as they’re moving around, and when they’re eating, to sit down someplace. We have a signage campaign. We have a slogan that goes, ‘Please wear a mask, don’t make us ask.’ A Facebook campaign that encourages people to wear a mask in their profile pictures. People who can’t wear masks for medical reasons are exempt, but otherwise we need people to wear one unless they can prove they’re COVID-19 negative. We can give a $100 fine to people who refuse, but we’re really trying to work on the honor system, that we’re all in this together.”
More and more Oxford businesses will be using mobile pay for transactions. Shops may have racks outside, but patrons can also go inside. Doors will be propped open, so multiple people won’t be touching the same handles. Some places tailor their safety measures according to their individual situations, such as the sports bar, Mac & Joe’s.
“It’s such a tiny place that they have people call out before they come in,” Greene said. “Say how many they have, whether they’re wearing masks, and depending on what they say and how many people are already in there, they’ll let them know if they have a table available.”
As for the future, Miami University is planning on fully re-opening. Greene said the off-campus students have already signed their leases. Everyone wants to return to normalcy, but Greene noted one thing that might have changed permanently.
“Paying for something with my Apple watch,” she said. “Before the pandemic, I never had the motivation to figure out how to do that.”
How to Go
What: Red Brick Friday
Where: Uptown Oxford Historic District, 14 West Park Place, Oxford
When: Today, 5-9 p.m.
More Info: www.enjoyoxford.org