Getting back to business: Traill County bars, restaurants reveal plans for reopening

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Posted: Friday, May 1, 2020 5:40 am

Kate and Derek Ehnert are taking a measured response to reopening their Main Street eatery to dine-in customers.

The owners of the Hillsboro Cafe are continuing their takeout-only service, although restaurants and bars are allowed to reopen to sit-down service today (Friday). 

Guidelines for those reopenings – as part of North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s Smart Restart plan due to the COVID-19 pandemic – were released Tuesday, signalling the first steps toward a shift to regular business operations.

However, the Ehnerts want to wait and see how other businesses handle reopening while tracking coronavirus cases across the state.

“I feel like Friday is a little aggressive,” Kate said. “We haven’t even reached what is projected to be the peak for the state yet, and we don’t have much space.”

The requirements include operating at half of customer capacity, using disposable menus, maintaining distance between groups and providing drink refills in clean, unused cups. 

Also, all restaurants are asked to close for a minimum of four hours daily for cleaning should they offer sit-down dining during the first phase of reopening.

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