By Hannah Richardson, Lifestyle Editor
During these past few weeks, local restaurants have gotten inventive to follow state rules. An executive order issued by the Governor May 1 states all restaurants, cafes and coffee shops must not allow customers inside, but outdoor seating arrangements have been allowed if they comply with certain rules, such as tables being set 10 feet apart, reducing outdoor capacity to 25 percent of that allowed by the State Fire Marshal, limiting table groups to 10 individuals, etc.
Starting this weekend, these establishments will be allowed to reopen their doors to the public at 25 percent capacity, but will the outdoor seating arrangements stay?
Angela Lasyone, owner of Lasyone’s Meat Pie Kitchen and Restaurant, said their outdoor tables, located in front of the restaurant and the old courthouse, will stay but will depend on the weather because their outdoor dining space is not covered.
Mama’s Oyster House and Papa’s Bar and Grill, at right, placed chairs and tables on their sidewalk to comply with the rules put in place by the state.
While local restaurants are planning to reopen their doors with a 25 percent capacity this weekend, the eateries are planning to keep their outdoor arrangements for the public as long as the mayor allows, according to Katie Aldredge, daughter of owner Corwyn Aldredge.
Aldredge also said they have seen a balance of people eating outside and taking their orders to go.