Restrictions on indoor restaurants have been lifted and restaurant owners in Harrisburg are excited to see the weekend deal.
HARRISBURG, PA. – On January 4th, Governor Tom Wolf lifted the indoor food ban to allow restaurants to open their doors 50% of the time.
This comes after the three-week restriction on all indoor restaurants across the Commonwealth.
The ban left companies confused at a time when employees needed it most.
"Your tips would have been a lot more if people had been sitting here, especially before Christmas, the week between Christmas and New Years," says Sri Kumarasingam, restaurant owner at Harrisburg Pastorante.
Now that the restaurants have the go-ahead, Cafe Fresco restaurant owner Brian Fertenbaugh says that one needs to be careful about any new remedial action.
"You really need to look after your payroll, you have to look at your inventory and keep things as low as possible," Fertenbaugh said.
While the current lifting of restrictions will bring financial aid, Chuck Moran, executive director of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association, says it will only be temporary relief.
"It will help them stay afloat longer until the state can finally decide to do something else for them," said Moran, "and hopefully the state will provide some grants in the coming months."
However, many remain confident as new efforts are made to control the spread of COVID-19.
"We have spring just around the corner, we have rapid tests that are much more available, we have vaccines so we hope our restaurants start thriving again with all of this," said Ben Fileccia, director of operations and strategy for the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association.
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