Although Gov. Brian Kemp has given the go-ahead for Georgia restaurants to reopen to dine-in customers beginning Monday, not all restaurateurs are champing at the bit to fling open the doors just yet.
Among those who are taking a more cautious route is the Atlanta location of Hawkers Asian Street Fare. A message on the Orlando based chain’s Facebook page to its “ATL fam & beyond” said it will continue to offer takeout and delivery but the dining room would remain closed.
“While there is nothing we would love more than to see all of your smiling faces as we share good food and catch up on even better conversation,” the post read, “we have made the decision to keep our dining room temporarily closed.
“The health & safety of our team members and guests remains our top priority, so we feel it’s best to continue offering only takeout & delivery, until we feel absolutely confident that it is safe to reopen our dining room.”
The Facebook post had 38 comments as of Monday morning, all of them applauding the restaurant’s decision.
Restaurants that do reopen must follow a list of 39 guidelines that include screening employees, who must wear masks, for fevers and other signs of illness, limiting capacity to no more than 10 diners per 500 square feet, and not allowing tables of more than six people. Self-service salad and condiment bars are out.
Besides restaurants, the governor’s order allowed the reopening of bowling centers, massage salons and, for some reason, tattoo parlors.
Curiously, the governor’s mansion remains closed for tours “out of an abundance of caution…to ensure the health and safety of Georgia families.”