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Utah restaurants prepare for return of dine-in customers

Posted at 10:37 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 13:12:53-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert announced Friday that he hopes some businesses could reopen with appropriate precautions next week.

Restaurants have already started planning for reopening, but things might look a little different the next time that you go out to eat.

FOX 13 has talked with a lot of establishments that are doing things like spacing tables for social distancing, removing things from tables such as condiments in order to prevent spread of germs, limiting payment by cash, and installing Plexiglas shields for workers.

“Not only for the protection of ourselves and staff and my highly pregnant wife but also the patrons that are coming into to the restaurant,” said Thomas Cobb, co-owner of Tokyo Teriyaki. “Trying to find the best solution to survive this has been the most difficult part.”

He and many other businesses have been struggling through this time and are striving to stay open but safe at the same time.

“The most challenging thing for everyone is how quickly the rules and regulations are changing,” said Lydia Martinez, the owner of Elle Marketing and Events.

Martinez represents several different types of establishments all over Utah and she is seeing changes at all of them as well.

She added that online ordering and take out are here to stay as well.

“People who perhaps have never ordered food online before have gotten used to that,” Martinez said.

But for businesses like Cobb’s, they are happy to serve customers in what ever way they feel comfortable.

“Any of us that are open, we would love your support," Cobb said. " Local small businesses right now are definitely feeling the pain right now, be it us or a multitude of others around the state."