Restaurant, bar owners prepare to scale back operations as governor’s order takes effect

SALISBURY, Md. – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s order for restaurants and bars to reduce capacity from 75% to 50% capacity took effect Wednesday. Now some local businesses are preparing to get in compliance with the new 50%t capacity limit. “We’ve taken some steps to prepare for something like this. But we also are going to use this as an opportunity to scale back and reassess what we might need moving forward,” said owner of the Brick Room Alex Scott.

Scott says he’s going to take this opportunity to slow things down and reassess operations. “If there’s something that we can do to kind of speed this along so we can get back to normal, I’ll do whatever I need to do to get us back to that,” said Scott.

Scott says that he’s considering a number of issues that could come with reduced capacity. That includes possibly closing down for a short time. Scott also touched on possibly hiring staff to monitor patrons and make sure they’re complying with safety guidelines. “When we have to cut our business back by 50% and then you tell us to stay compliant, we have to address those regulations. There’s a cost there that we have to evaluate,” said Scott.

Scott says that he’s also looking at the possibility of focusing on more small, private events. He adds that he and other local business owners have been closely monitoring updates from Governor Hogan. Scott says that because of this, they had been talking amongst themselves about what the best course of action may be. “After the first lock down when they started easing restrictions, I think myself along with other business owners have been watching the news carefully, watching the numbers. We’ve all been talking amongst ourselves. So its something that many of us have been preparing for,” said Scott.

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