Full Circle Venue ready for Phase 3
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - With previous limits on the size of gatherings, a Grand Island event venue took a heavy financial hit during this pandemic. Now, the owner has high hopes for Phase 3 of reopening.
“It’s so emotional not to be able to do your job the correct way,” said Misti Williams, owner of Full Circle Venue.
The pandemic began as Full Circle Venue prepared for its busiest season of the year. Williams said they had every weekend booked from March through July.
Following the Directed Health Measure, the venue closed its doors for three months. Fifteen weddings were rescheduled.
“Being three months without work is tough, and when you own your own business you can do the loans and all that kind of stuff, but it doesn’t always make what you were going to be making. Sets you back a little bit, but you have to keep going,” Williams said.
One bride set to have her wedding in March rescheduled her reception three times before deciding to celebrate their one year anniversary next year.
Williams said she did apply for and receive a PPP loan, which kept her employees on staff.
Phase 2 of the DHM opened up more possibilities for the venue. Wedding receptions could run at 50 percent capacity with six people at a table spaced six feet apart from other parties. Williams said they hosted a wedding last weekend that fell under these restrictions.
Full Circle Venue can seat more than 650 people on a normal day.
Williams said now that Phase 3 is in full swing, the venue will operate at 75 percent capacity. The new restrictions allow for parties of eight at one table. Buffets are still prohibited, so staff will serve food while wearing masks. People can hit the dance floor once again.
“We’ll try and distance them on the dance floor. It’s kind of hard, but we’ll do what we need to do. We need to get back to our lives,” Williams said.
She added staff will take people’s temperatures as they walk into the venue. There’s also hand sanitizer at the front door by the bar.
Full Circle Venue will host a wedding of 400 people this weekend under Phase 3 restrictions.
Several brides have booked receptions in August. Williams said they’ve created multiple plans so they can follow whatever phase Grand Island is in at the time.
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