TEXAS -- As COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Texas, the state and some of its major cities can't seem to meet eye-to-eye over restaurant capacity.
What You Need To Know
- Texas recommends 75% capacity
- Some larger cities suggesting 25% capacity
- Austin restaurant owner made decision based on employee health concerns
That puts restaurant owners including Spinners Bar & Grill's Arash Saberi in a bind.
“It’s disorienting because there’s so much information is coming and it’s contradicting each other so it’s been difficult,” he said.
Texas states that restaurants can open at 75 percent capacity, but some major cities pushed back to 25 percent, even though they cannot enforce it, putting business owners like Saberi in a difficult situation.
“It’s nerve-racking,” he said. So, Saberi took matters into his own hands.
“As a business owner, I needed to do what’s best for my staff," he explained. “So what we’ve done is we stayed in the 25 percent. I encouraged people when they come in to sit outside on our patio.”
“We’re checking temperatures at the door and making sure their hands are sanitized," Saberi added. "And just try to make sure this is a safe place for people and for us.”
It’ll take some getting used to, but to Saberi, nowadays, one’s health matters more than the bottom line.
“Be gentle with us," he said. "We’re trying to do the best we can to take care of everybody and treat everybody good and we’re asking you guys to do the same and be responsible.”
Saberi also added that he urged his employees to get tested for COVID-19, to minimize potential for infection at his business.