NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Many restaurants in Tennessee will be allowed to reopen on Monday in half occupancy under a plan that was unveiled last week by Governor Bill Lee.
During a press conference Friday morning, the governor revealed the first step of the “Oath of Tennessee,” the state launch of guidelines and best practices for business in 89 of 95 counties to be reopened, while keeping employees and customers safe.
Governor Lee said the Tennessee restaurant would be allowed to reopen Monday with a 50 percent capacity. He recommended that employees in both industries wear cloth face covers and that business owners follow federal guidelines for hygiene and sanitation standards in the workplace related to a pandemic.
Puckett’s was one of the first restaurants in the state to announce that several locations would open Monday morning.
The owner said Puckett’s in Franklin, Columbia, and Murfreesboro would open at 7 am for dinner service with some guidelines, including 50 percent capacity with customers seated at each other table. The restaurant said staff members would measure their temperature before recording daily working hours. and will wear a mask and gloves at all times, changing gloves frequently.
Puckett added there would be sanitation stations throughout their restaurant with disinfected tables and chairs among guests.
Another restaurant owner in Tennessee said they would wait to reopen. That includes Guacamole in Clarksville.
“I don’t want to be called, you know, the worker won’t come because he’s sick, or my brother is in the hospital or one of our customers, so I think too soon maybe waiting a few more weeks,” said Guacamole owner Javier Nunez.
“Tennessee Pledge” applies to 89 of the 95 states in the state, not including Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan, who will have their own strategies. Nashville Mayor John Cooper revealed his four-phase plan to reopen the city on Thursday morning.
As part of the plan, Governor Lee said retail stores could open Wednesday with 50 percent capacity.
(This only reflects what TDH reports every day at 2 p.m. CST. For updated totals registered by agents in Tennessee, visit WKRN.com)
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