Lewisburg, W.Va. (WVVA) - Indoor dining at 50 percent capacity opened in West Virginia Thursday.
Restaurants prepared with paper goods, spaced out tables and lots of precautions. But employees say guidelines are worth any trouble if it brings customers back in. "If there is overflow we do have a bottom floor where we could seat people as well. So there's a variety of options for us to make money," said Taylor Ward, a server at The Asylum, a locally owned restaurant located in downtown Lewisburg. Up until now Ward has been making ends meet by taking togo orders and deck dining, weather permitting.
Paycheck Protection Program loans have kept employees at small businesses like The Asylum afloat, but Ward says the hiatus from regular customers is not just about tips. "Just to serve someone face-to-face, it's a lot more pleasing that just taking an order over the phone," said Ward.
Customers are eager for face-to-face interaction too. Corey Easton came over from Virginia to dine at The Asylum. "It's just nice to be able to contact someone face to face, not have to call and wait in your car for someone to drop a bag off," said Easton.