Couple hosts a virtual bar as COVID-19 restrictions continue at bars and restaurants

Posted at 10:54 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 23:27:49-04

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio — Staying inside and avoiding crowds has been somewhat challenging for Trish and Scott Barnes.

“We go out and see live music a lot around town three to four times a week so we’re chopping it up. We’ve been in the house for four days,” Scott Barnes said.

When local restaurants bars shut down following Governor DeWine’s orders to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the couple made a pact.

“We cheersed in to be the only functioning bar in the state,” Barnes told News 5.

But the bar is not your average bar.

“Our bar is a garage bar,” Trish Barnes said.

It’s called “Scrish,” named after the couple. It’s where they host their podcast After Burn 739. The bar came about years ago. Only now, they’re inviting the community to join in on Skype to party and have drink with them.

“We’re doing what we’re supposed to do,” Barnes said. “I mean social distancing and its proven in numbers that it works.”

Meanwhile, the staff at Winking Lizard took to Facebook, shared a video showcasing its empty space on St. Patrick’s Day saying, “If you’re at home spending your happy hour at home for St. Patrick’s Day today to raise your glass for a toast to hope and that hope is that the end of this is sooner than later and we will be together again.”