The restaurant owners in Austin shared the capacity opening
Some are excited to get back to normal, while others say it’s just too early to throw away all of these precautions.
Austin, Texas – – Local business owners seemed split in the middle when it came to Governor Abbott’s announcement that it would allow all businesses to grow capacity to 100%. Some tell FOX 7 that they are excited about going back to normal, while others say they remain insecure.
“Today is not a day to discard all these minutes and bring them back to life on March 1st. Each of these restaurants needs to be really thoughtful and discuss the further interaction with their staff and guests,” he told Dr. Emily Williams Knight, President and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association.
On Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott announced that all businesses are 100% reopenable. This includes bars.
“I think it’s a little early,” said Tinku Saini, CEO of Tarka Indian Kitchen.
At the start of this pandemic, restaurants were forced to take steps only to slow the spread of COVID-19. Over time, these companies have adapted and have been operating at 25 to 75 percent capacity for months.
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Governor Greg Abbott announced the lifting of statewide COVID mandates, including the mask mandate, at a press conference in Lubbock.
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“I just don’t want all the progress we’ve made as a state to be undone by maybe opening a little too early,” said Saini.
Some restaurant owners say they will continue their work, and that means diners will have to wear a mask and social distance tables.
“As a company we will just keep doing what we do. We understand that this is not necessarily a decision that maybe everyone will agree to. Obviously, this is a very controversial issue in the country. But right now that is our decision, and us will just hold on to it, “said Robert Nethercut, COO of Z’tejas.
Meanwhile, other business owners say they will embrace Governor Abbott’s new plan like bar owner Bob Woody. “Wear a mask if you want. There are people who will wear masks for the rest of their lives and that’s fine. It’s fine and you can come in if you want to wear your mask, but you don’t have to . “
The choice is up to each individual business owner as to what to do.
“COVID is still here, and restaurants, and indeed every single Texan, need to stay vigilant and follow best practices to protect them and their neighbors,” said Kelsey Erickson Streufert of the Texas Restaurant Association.