By: Dave Andreesen, Fosters.com
ROCHESTER — Anthony Ejarque, owner of The Governor’s Inn on Wakefield Street, said he and his staff have been working to open the restaurant for outdoor service by closely following state guidelines to ensure the safety of patrons and staff.
“We’ve been training staff extensively in proper sanitation and we’ve added staff to be there just for cleaning and making sure there’s no lines coming into the restaurant or long lines to use the restroom,” he said.
Restaurants around New Hampshire are getting ready for Monday, May 18, the first day of in-person outdoor service since March, when restaurants were limited to takeout and curbside pickup service by Gov. Chris Sununu due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Several Rochester establishments are gearing up to welcome back their customers.
Ejarque, who also owns The Garage eatery on the same property as the Governor’s Inn, said he has enough outdoor seating to accommodate customers, according to the states guidelines. While the outdoor live music his customers have been used to won’t resume for a while, Ejarque said he is confident his staff and customers will be protected.
“We’ve been following every recommendation,” he said. “We had to reduce more space so we had to eliminate the amount of seating. Every surface is cleaned, we don’t use salt and pepper shakers and now use sealed packets with a napkin, utensils, and salt and pepper packets that are all in one.”
The state guidance released May 1 requires restaurants to adhere to enhanced safety and sanitary guidelines such as workers social distancing at least six feet apart between employees and customers, increased cleaning and sanitary practices for employees, requiring staff to wear cloth face coverings, and adjusting outdoor tables to allow six foot distance from each other.
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