Restaurants reopen in unique circumstances

JONESBORO, Ark. – As restaurants reopen today at 33-percent capacity seating, the City reminds patrons of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s mandate that no one enters a restaurant without a mask.

Some changes will take some effort to grow comfortably, the city pointed out in a press release. And the practice of eating out comes with new rules that require patience and understanding.

Servers and hosts are to be masked. Patrons are to wear masks until they are seated and complete their order. This practice comes from tracing of past cases that show one patron can spread the coronavirus to upward of 10 customers in a restaurant while walking past their tables or in crowded spaces.

Therefore, as the governor reopens restaurants, he has mandated separation of tables and the wearing of masks while walking to and from your table.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin asked restaurants to post, “Masks Required” signs at their doors.

“If we as patrons do things right, restaurants that are dependent on our business will be able to open to 50 percent capacity in the near future, and then hopefully 100 percent, as the governor sees fit,” Perrin said. “This is a crucial guideline because we want to get better, not malinger, while fighting COVID-19.

“Our economy is crucial, but our safety cannot be compromised. With a little respect for one another, we can do better than several states where unmasked patrons have created problems at restaurants.”

Deli workers in groceries or take-out shops also are ordered to wear protective gear. Complaints of patrons or staff in non-compliance should be reported to the Arkansas Department of Health COVID-19 hotline at 800-803-7847.

adapted from press release

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