Eating establishments in Galesburg and in most corners of Illinois are preparing to open for outdoor dining this Friday.
Adam Vitale is President of G&M Distributors and the head of a task force of Galesburg restaurants.
He tells WGIL they know that the option to go al fresco won’t heal all the wounds the restaurant industry’s feeling, but this will help a little bit.
Six people or fewer can dine in an outdoor area, maintaining six feet between tables.
Vitale says the Illinois Department of Public Health has some stringent guidelines that present hurdles for business owners.
But ultimately he says a lot of the enforcement comes down to city codes.
“And that’s where Galesburg has basically said, ‘hey we’re not going to put you through a bunch of hoops. We’re going to make this easy as possible.’ So each restaurant is encouraged to submit their own plan, how they want to make it work, have a quick barrier around that area if they’re serving alcohol and hopefully Friday, weather permitting we’ll be ready go. And it looks it’s going to be beautiful weather,” Vitale says.
Vitale says a lot of restaurant owners are developing plans right now.
He says to expect to see some additional tables on sidewalks.
Vitale adds to the best of his knowledge no one’s asking for streets to be shut down like some cities are planning to do.