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Kristie and her husband, Prashant Savant, say they have been operating at a 50% capacity ever since, and have done their best to utilize their patio space. As the current health order is set to expire this week, it leaves the Savants with little hope they’ll be able to open their dining room anytime soon.
The Savants say they are considering spending extra money to expand their patio if the governor continues to restrict indoor dining. KROE News 13 asked the governor’s office if the restrictions on dine-in services will be extended this week, but we did not get a response.
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As outdoor lands and some recreational areas reopen in Albuquerque and New Mexico, state officials are reminding residents and visitors to be respectful of these places and continue to take precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19. But even if the governor gives the green light to start letting restaurants to open their dining rooms, Sam's said it could take time for them to fully reopen.
If you're dining room has been closed for a couple of months, you'll need to order new supplies of food. You might need to rehire or bring back workers you've laid off or furloughed,” she added.
Customers are excited to be back inside a restaurant to eat a meal. I feel like it’s part of the, I’ll say ‘healing process,’ as we all get used to whatever the next stage is.
But, it feels like something is normal for a change,” Rebecca Campbell, a restaurant customer, said. “The things we’ve been limited in doing…it’s nice to get a little of those freedoms back.
Following the governor’s orders, restaurants are only allowed to be at half-capacity with tables at least six feet apart. “It’s been three months but it, I feel like it’s been three years,” Joe Garcia, VP of Operations at La Peep and Week’s restaurants, said.
At the Sadie’s off Academy, the eased restriction allows them to bring employees back after having to lay off about 70 due to the pandemic. Restaurants are also offering customers the option to leave their contact information to help with contact tracing if an employee or customer that was at the restaurant at the same time, were to test positive for COVID-19.
Gilbert Sanchez, operations manager at Sadie’s of New Mexico on Fourth NW, said he is glad that the restaurant will soon be able to serve guests inside. Michelle Lutein Grisham said Wednesday her administration will allow restaurants across New Mexico to cautiously resume indoor dining this weekend, even as the state Supreme Court later in the day upheld the governor’s authority to shut it down amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A spokeswoman for the governor said Lutein Grisham was grateful for the “impartial and thorough” review of the legal questions at play. “The administration has taken and will continue to take every single necessary action to protect New Mexicans from COVID-19,” Lutein Grisham spokeswoman Nora Meyers Jacket said in a statement.
But Sheehan said he also saw the relaxed restrictions as an indication of the progress the state has made in handling the pandemic, which has claimed the lives of 755 New Mexico residents through Wednesday. William Stafford, owner of Sadie’s of New Mexico, said he was excited to hear about the change and ready to reopen.
However, he said one of the biggest challenges with the new order will be staffing, since many of his employees have either found new jobs or are receiving unemployment benefits. The diner did not have a patio prior to the pandemic and for the past month-and-a-half has been operating in the parking lot underneath temporary tents.
Over the past week, more than 30 employees at restaurants and similar establishments tested positive for COVID-19, according to state Environment Department records. But in large part, the lawsuit hinged on whether state health officials had shown proof that dine-in restaurants pose a risk to patrons and employees alike.
“They have to show they’ve looked at the relevant data and provided a satisfactory explanation of why they took the actions they did,” Arturo argued during Wednesday’s oral arguments. However, the Governor’s Office general counsel Matt Garcia said it should not be the judicial branch’s job to second-guess decisions made by state health experts.
New Mexico Republican Party chairman Steve Pearce described the ruling as “another disappointing setback,” while also urging voters to seek change at the ballot box in the November general election, including within the judiciary. While Lutein Grisham has acknowledged the economic toll of her administration’s business restrictions, she and top Cabinet officials have argued indoor restaurant dining is unsafe due to the close physical proximity of people and the fact diners cannot wear a face mask while eating.
BRANDON: ALBUQUERQUE CITY LIMITS, A RESTAURANT THAT’S BEEN OPEN FOR 20 YEARS, CLOSING ITS DOORS FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. BUT BEFORE HE LOCKED HIS DOORS, HE’S GIVING ALL THE FOOD THAT WOULD HAVE GONE BAD TO HIS EMPLOYEES, WHO ARE, FOR THE TIME BEING, OUT OF A JOB.
ABQ City Limits owner says delivery and takeout service not enough to stay open The restaurant Albuquerque City Limits is closing its doors for the first time in 20 years. Watch this video to see why, and how the owner says the support of his customers is helping him stay positive.
The restaurant Albuquerque City Limits is closing its doors for the first time in 20 years. Watch this video to see why, and how the owner says the support of his customers is helping him stay positive.
On Friday, the state requested an emergency intervention by the Fourth Appellate District, saying California’s health care system is “on the brink of collapse.” As reported here yesterday, a bipartisan letter signed by a group of state Senators, including Andreas Borges, who represents the Mother Lode, counters that the fate of thousands of restaurants and jobs are at risk.
Stint announced today, Nov. 16, 2020, plans to require bars and restaurants statewide to have all tables spaced six feet apart and to close in-person service at 11:00 p.m. His plan would be in effect starting Nov. 19, 2020. He also wants all public schools in Oklahoma to return to in-person learning after Christmas break.
One in CADD County, one male in the 65 and older age group. One in Comanche County, one female in the 65 or older age group.
One in Delaware County, one male in the 65 or older age group. One in Lincoln County, one male in the 65 or older age group.