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South Georgia restaurant owners have mixed feelings about reopening Monday

Posted at 6:21 AM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 06:21:08-04

(WTXL) — Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has given some businesses across the state permission to reopen starting Monday and that decision is getting mixed reactions.

ABC 27 visited several restaurants across South Georgia and spoke with owners, some who say they’d rather wait and others who’ll sit you down for a plate.

Carl and Chrissy Hall say they’re more than ready to open their doors this week after days on end of losing money due to Coronavirus closures.

“Our business has dropped like about 65% on takeouts only and this is the only income we got so we’ve got to open," said Hall’s Seafood Owners, Carl and Chrissy Hall.

Before moving to take out only, Hall says the family owned restaurant would serve as many as 150 guests a day. But management at some larger chain restaurants that serve even more customers say they’d rather play it safe.

“I want to wait it out to see pretty much how it’s going to play out I’m not comfortable opening up right now so as a manager we’re going to continue to do curbside service," said Jameson Thomas, Diablo’s District General Manager.

Customers say they plan to proceed with caution as well.

“I know the coronavirus is hitting them real hard and I can understand them wanting to get back in but as people I know we need to be very careful very cautious in fact I think this is something that will change your lives throughout with the coronavirus," said Quinton Horne.

Diablo’s is only allowing takeout until further notice. You can dine in with Carl and Chrissy at Hall’s starting this Thursday.