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Harrisburg restaurant proprietor speaks out about what COVID-19 restrictions might imply for his enterprise – WGAL Susquehanna Valley Pa.

Philadelphia officials have announced new coronavirus restrictions. Starting Friday there will be a ban on indoor dining at restaurants, and indoor gatherings of any size, public or private. Theaters, museums, libraries, casinos and gyms in Philadelphia all must close. Additionally, all high school and college classes have to be taught online.WGAL News 8’s Amber Gerard talked to one Susquehanna Valley restaurant owner about what similar restrictions could mean for him.Thirty-two percent of the patients that have tested positive in the state of Pennsylvania have fallen between the ages of 25-49.This is especially significant when it comes to restaurants and bars because their customer base falls into that category. Then when you factor in the statewide restrictions it gets tough.Restaurant owner, James Hale tells us, “Between 10 and 2. That was our prime time. Our cash cow. Whatever you want to call it. So, that killed us.”Restaurants have had to adapt to the new norm like Aroogas in Harrisburg.Hale says, “We pulled together and we became more of a restaurant, more restaurant oriented. We turn on the music. We have fire pits going on. We’ll bring out s’mores if we need to. We have a good time.”Hale says he uses seven different delivery platforms like Door Dash and Grub Hub whereas newer restaurants might have difficulty in that area.He also says, “What if something goes wrong. Even just the set up for it. How do you pay someone for to-go orders when there might not be tips involved.”When asked about the possibility of new restrictions in the city, his answer was a bit surprising, “If there are new restrictions let’s get it out of the way so we can start spring and summer 100%.”We spoke with Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine on Monday and she told us no statewide shutdowns are planned. Sec. Levine said:“We have mitigation orders in terms of restaurant capacity, indoors at 50%. We do have limitations on small and large gatherings, particularly large gatherings indoors and outdoors. And we want people to follow that guidance. We want people to telework as much as possible. We want people to isolate and quarantine to their case investigations and contact tracing.”You can find out more about what Sec. Levine told us here.

Philadelphia officials have announced new coronavirus restrictions.

Starting Friday there will be a ban on indoor dining at restaurants, and indoor gatherings of any size, public or private.

Theaters, museums, libraries, casinos and gyms in Philadelphia all must close.

Additionally, all high school and college classes have to be taught online.

WGAL News 8’s Amber Gerard talked to one Susquehanna Valley restaurant owner about what similar restrictions could mean for him.

Thirty-two percent of the patients that have tested positive in the state of Pennsylvania have fallen between the ages of 25-49.

This is especially significant when it comes to restaurants and bars because their customer base falls into that category. Then when you factor in the statewide restrictions it gets tough.

Restaurant owner, James Hale tells us, “Between 10 and 2. That was our prime time. Our cash cow. Whatever you want to call it. So, that killed us.”

Restaurants have had to adapt to the new norm like Aroogas in Harrisburg.

Hale says, “We pulled together and we became more of a restaurant, more restaurant oriented. We turn on the music. We have fire pits going on. We’ll bring out s’mores if we need to. We have a good time.”

Hale says he uses seven different delivery platforms like Door Dash and Grub Hub whereas newer restaurants might have difficulty in that area.

He also says, “What if something goes wrong. Even just the set up for it. How do you pay someone for to-go orders when there might not be tips involved.”

When asked about the possibility of new restrictions in the city, his answer was a bit surprising, “If there are new restrictions let’s get it out of the way so we can start spring and summer 100%.”

We spoke with Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine on Monday and she told us no statewide shutdowns are planned. Sec. Levine said:

“We have mitigation orders in terms of restaurant capacity, indoors at 50%. We do have limitations on small and large gatherings, particularly large gatherings indoors and outdoors. And we want people to follow that guidance. We want people to telework as much as possible. We want people to isolate and quarantine to their case investigations and contact tracing.”

You can find out more about what Sec. Levine told us here.

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