Restaurants Across US Begin To Reopen

Tuesday, April 28th 2020, 7:10 am
By: Rachel Roberts

Some states are beginning the process of restarting the economy and reopening businesses, but reviews are still mixed on the impact this could have on the coronavirus numbers long term.

Restaurants are now open in at least three states: Alaska, Tennessee, and Georgia.

Many are still choosing to stay closed, and those that did reopen Monday reportedly had few customers.   

In Texas, movie theaters, malls and restaurants will be allowed to reopen later this week.               

A restaurant owner in Dallas said he's lost thousands of dollars and laid off workers, but won't follow the state's reopen phase one because of his concern about COVID-19 infection.

"I'd rather take our time to make sure that curve is fully flattened or on its decrease, before having another outbreak, and the government decides to shut down once more,” said Greg Bussey.

In states like New Jersey and New York, officials fear cases will spike if they reopen too soon.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he thinks some areas of the state less affected by the virus could begin a gradual reopening around May 15th-- but that would not include New York City.