If a Restaurant Wants to Get to 100% Capacity, Take it Outside

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Governor Jared Polis says Colorado now has the supplies and capacity to test anyone with COVID-19 symptoms for free, he says schools with modifications will be ready in the fall to welcome back students, and he touched on a new draft guidance to help our restaurants navigate further through the pandemic’s new normal. Governor Polis says, “The way restaurants can get to 100% capacity, even 150% is by spreading out in their parking lot, their streets, the sidewalk.”

Citrola’s Italian restaurant in Grand Junction is currently running at 25% capacity even with a patio, and even with family working as the employees, but this business owner thanks the community for treating him like family and for keeping the doors open. John Citrola, owner of Citrola’s, says, “We did lose the money the last couple months, but we’ve been here doing take-out and stuff, and all our customers have been very loyal, coming in buying gift certificates,and really supporting us, and we’re really thankful for that.”

Customers keep the burners blazing, and the Citrola’s keep the lights on by giving those customers their space with ferns and wine bottles serving as decor, and social distancing tools. Governor Polis says, “We are significantly safer if you’re six feet apart from someone outside, than if you’re six feet apart from somebody in a smaller area with limited airflow.”

Airflow isn’t the problem at Citrola’s but counting calories may be a problem if you love Italian outside. John says, “The patio is always good. It was good last year. People love to sit outside, as long as the wind’s not blowing. So, I think that’s going to be a win-win for us.”

For more information on Citrola’s Italian click here: https://www.citrolasitalian.com/

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