Durant businesses prepare for Oklahoma's Phase 2 of reopening

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DURANT, Okla. (KXII) - As the state of Oklahoma begins to reopen some more, so does Abbie J's Bar and Grill, a bar on Durant's Main Street that was supposed to open in mid March.

"We finally were ready March 15-ish, and the pandemic happened. They (the state) said 'nope, you're not going to open, you gotta shut down'," said the bar's owner Jason Wilson.

Wilson had to work multiple jobs over the past couple of months to make sure he could still keep his dream of opening his bar alive.

"How am I going to pay my lease? That was the main thing. Our landlord has been really good to us, he's been understanding, but you know we've been behind. That was my main concern. Would I lose my lease or something? I didn't know what was going to happen," said Wilson.

Luck was on his side, as the state has allowed bars to reopen, but with less standing room and social distancing enforced.

Phase 2 of reopening Oklahoma also means funerals and weddings with more than 10 people can resume, and nurseries at places of worship can reopen.

Wilson said its bittersweet Abbie J's finally gets to open, because while he wants to see the bar have plenty of business, it comes at a price.

"We've got all these cleaning supplies, we're constantly cleaning, we're trying to practice the best social distancing we can, but at the same time, we gotta make money," said Wilson.

Phase 3 of Oklahoma's reopening is set to begin June first.

"One way or another, if you don't open, you're not going to make it, then the economy is not going to make it, so we all have to do something. So I think this is a first step," said Wilson.

The pools in Durant will remain closed.

Sporting fields in town also opened Friday.