'We're not ready': Some restaurants waiting to reopen dine-in service
EDMONTON -- Edmonton restaurants are allowed to reopen beginning Thursday, but many are choosing to keep their dining rooms closed for now.
"We're not ready," Blue Plate Diner owner John Williams told CTV Morning Live Edmonton. "We need more time to make the physical and operational changes."
Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars are included in Stage 1 of Alberta's relaunch strategy. The province has provided guidelines for businesses to follow to ensure the health and safety of customers and staff, including operating at no more than 50 per cent seating capacity.
"We're really excited to reopen with those restrictions," Canadian Brewhouse Windermere GM Zack Yuzyk said. "I think that the company has done a great job providing us with the tools to be successful with that and maintaining being the place that people want to be while providing a safe environment for both the guests and for the staff."
But other establishments are choosing to follow their own timelines.
"I'm not sure what the comfort level of the general population is," he said. "We have such a strong, loyal customer base and we really hope they come back but I don’t know."
In the meantime, Blue Plate Diner and other local restaurants are focusing on pickup and delivery options to serve their customers.
“I’m happy with what I’m doing now for takeout," Nosh Indian Kitchen owner Sadanand Verma told CTV News Edmonton. "We’ll see how far we can survive.”