The 2020 presidential election is just months away and it’s a big talker. But that conversation ends when stepping foot into Sparky’s Place, a restaurant in Conneaut, Ohio.

“This isn’t the place for that,” said Shane Gelfer, owner of Sparky’s Place.

Shane Gelfer purchased mats with politics crossed out one month ago to enforce zero political discussions inside the establishment. Their motto—good vibes only.

“When my wife and I travelled for 17 years we would always seek a place like this out, where the locals would go sit down, relax unplug unwind. It is kind of hard to do that when people are talking politics,” Shane Gelfer, owner of Sparky’s Place.

Opposing political views across Americans isn’t anything new. But recent data from the Pew Research Center attributes the coronavirus as a major factor dividing republicans and democrats at the polls.

To learn more about this division across the country we spoke with Joe Morris, Chair of The Department of Political Science at Mercyhurst University to get answers.

 “One of the things that we've seen in the last few years is the rise of what we call affective polarization where people are more likely to say bad things about republicans if they're democrats, and more likely to say bad things about democrats if they're republicans. This is something that is really concerning to political scientists,” said Joe Morris, Chair of Political Science at Mercyhurst University.

Understanding that political discussions can easily get heated most customers at Sparky’s Place agree and accept the politics free policy.