Local restaurants eagerly greet diners once again

Local restaurants were able to bring customers back within their facilities for the first time in over a month this week. They are among those able to reopen their doors amid the ongoing coranvirus pandemic.

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May 8, 2020 - 3:20 PM

Restaurants such as El Charro in Iola have resumed allowing customers to eat inside this week. Photo by Erick Mitchell / Iola Register

Not being able to open their dining rooms because of the COVID-19 pandemic has been rough for restaurants. But with Gov. Laura Kelly’s three-phase plan to reopen Kansas in place, many restaurants sighed in relief when they could open for dine-in starting May 4. 

During this Phase One, restaurants are able to allow customers in their dining areas. Maximum capacity is 10 with a social distance of 6 feet between tables.

Leo Vargas-Garcia, general manager at El Charro Mexican Restaurant, said the last six weeks have been a challenge. 

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