Denver, Colorado 2020-11-21 23:33:34 –
Denver (KDVR) —Restaurant in Colorado is creative in trying to stay in business during the Rebel Red time limit.
Over 12 counties entered Rebel Red over the weekend. That is, you are not allowed to eat indoors.
“It’s better than shutting it down completely,” says Mary McKnabb. “But this is pretty bad.”
McKnabb is co-owner of Inga’s Alpine Tavern and staff set up a large tent on the back patio on Saturday morning.
Chairs are piled upside down in the store so that no one tries to grab a seat.
“We want the safety of our guests. We want the safety of our staff. We don’t want anyone to get a COVID,” she says. “So we will follow all the guidelines from the experts.”
Only about 44 people can be seated on the patio. This is less than half the number of people who can be seated normally. However, McNab said the new 8 pm cutoff would do the same.
“To be honest, the restrictions are so tight that we don’t know if we can achieve that,” she says.
On the patio, Lenny Handley wore a sweater and vest.
“The more beer you drink, the warmer it gets. It’s great,” she joked.
Restaurant owners throughout the state say takeaways and outdoor dining in the coming weeks will be important to staying in business.
McKnabb says takeaway orders are great, but outdoor dining will allow her to continue to hire staff.
“We can maintain more jobs and more employees can pay rent and invoices if you are willing to visit us and sit on the patio. “I will,” she says.
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