CHAMBLEE, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Governor Brian Kemp’s Executive Order allowing restaurants to re-open during the COVID-19 pandemic took effect today, April 27, 2020.
Others around the Atlanta area have said they’ll opt for just carry-out or curbside service a little while longer, but others said they couldn’t wait to dine-in.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
“I’m glad that they opened up, and I’m thankful for them,” said Wes Bass, a Chamblee resident.
They said they want to help businesses, like Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar in Chamblee, as well as the economy.
“[It’s a] catch 22. Is it too soon? Do we need to do it? Absolutely. Both of them, I mean we gotta get it going again,” said Buckhead resident David Rosso.
“We’re all a community. If we can help out here and help out there, things change,” said Leighton Weatherby, another Atlanta-area resident.READ MORE: Wild Ride: Suspects Identified In Carroll County Police Chase
After weeks of losing business, having to cut jobs and limiting their menu to curbside and takeout, Tony Degani, the general manager of Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar in Chamblee, said they’re ready to fill up the empty seats and plates, serving their most popular items to those who prefer to enjoy them there.
“We’re definitely happy to be re-opened and ready to go now,” he said, sharing his opinion on the best approach. “I definitely agreed we need to reopen at some point. Slow is best I think, until we know more details.”
However, some restaurants in the Atlanta area, like Pour. Kitchen + Bar and Argosy in East Atlanta, said on social media that opening this soon is too much, too soon. Many restaurants have said they’re concerned it will make the pandemic much worse.
Degani said his restaurant is moving forward with caution, and he said they’re making sure they follow all the required restrictions to keep people safe.
“Social distancing is gonna be in place. We can only have about 10 people per 500 square feet,” he said.MORE NEWS: Deal Between Battery Firms A Big Lift For Georgia
Although the Executive Order allows for dine-in service, the order still leaves it up to the restaurants and customers to decide when they think it’s safe for in restaurant dining.