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Local Businesses Ready to Reopen

Posted at 6:34 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 19:46:17-04

TULSA, Okla. — Governor Kevin Stitt is discussing plans to reopen the state for business, but he says it will be a process.

"Now is not the time to take our foot off the gas," said Stitt during a coronavirus briefing.

For some local restaurant owners, putting the their foot on the gas to speed things up is what they say they need.

William Phillips has owned Brookside By Day for 28 years. The only time he has ever had to close his doors for business was during 2007 ice storm.

Now, his business is barely breaking even.

"We're doing about 20 percent of what we normally would do." Phillips said. "It's enough to cover cost."

Sunny Stell, the general manager of In the Raw says although she is grateful for curbside, it's not the same.

“We’re willing to do whatever to get our regulars back in here and not see their faces through a car window," Stell said.

In the meantime, Stitt announced his administration is working with the state health department to develop guidelines for reopening restaurants.

Stell says reopening her doors to customers is only a small part of getting back to normal.

"I would say everyone is kind of ready to put this behind us and be healthy and safe and move on," Stell said.

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