Restaurants prepare to reopen with restrictions

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STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — Restaurants in El Dorado and Butte counties have been cleared to reopen for dine-in service if they’re able to follow new state requirements. 

According to Governor Gavin Newsom, restaurant reopenings will be done on a county-by-county basis but all owners can start to prepare now. 

“We don’t rely on DoorDash or anything like that,” Andy Pappas, who owns Papapavlo’s Bistro & Bar in Stockton, told FOX40. “It’s personally inspected and packed by us here at Papapavlos.”

Owners Jennifer and Andy Pappas said their restaurant, like many others, has been hit hard by the governor’s stay-at-home order. 

“Unfortunately, the dine-in and the banquet and the catering revenue is just disappearing. So, we’re about 30% of normal for revenue at this point,” Andy said.

Since the order, they’ve ramped up their delivery services to anyone in San Joaquin County.

“The amount of quantities of orders is day by day because sometimes I’ll come in in the morning and there’ll be 12 orders already listed for pickups or deliveries, and then sometimes there’s two,” Jennifer said.

But the Pappases said they’re encouraged that they may be able to reopen soon after the state released new guidelines for dine-in restaurants.

Those guidelines include physical distancing requirements, mandating all workers wear masks or face coverings and additional hygiene practices to keep staff and customers safe. 

“We don’t anticipate any problem meeting the governor’s requirements,” Andy said.

Andy said it will be yet another adjustment but this time, he said they’ll be ready for it.

“We’re gonna give people the option that if they’d like to come in and get out of the house, they’re more than welcome and feel comfortable here. And the delivery part of it will still be consistent and available to anybody in the county,” Andy said.

Until then, they’ll continue cranking out orders for take-out and delivery until they can welcome their customers back inside their restaurant.

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