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Most Tulsa restaurants skip reopening day, others gear up with masks, gloves, cleaning supplies

Posted at 11:14 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 00:28:59-04

TULSA, Okla. — Restaurants welcomed back customers Friday, in the kickoff of Tulsa's reopening, phase one. There are more closed restaurants than open. A lot of owners are holding off until they see COVID cases go down.

Mexicali is the exception. The restaurant opened doors to customers once again at 11 a.m.

Jeff Sharp, a Mexicali customer said, “The way they have it set up here, we’ve had no problem sitting out here, enjoying the day and have no concerns whatsoever.”

Mexicali’s General Manager Albert Cronheim said, “All of our staff is wearing masks, because we can’t guarantee the six foot social distancing.”

They are also wearing gloves.

“This stuff is not cheap, by any means, but we’re going to do what we have to do to keep our employees safe,” Cronheim said.

For other restaurant owners, keeping employees safe means staying closed.

Coney Island’s Operations Manager Vicki Economou said, “I really would like to see the peak and then the numbers start to go down, because they’re still going up in Tulsa County.”

A few of the Tulsa Health Department’s food establishment guidelines are: seating must be six feet apart, increased cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, have sanitizer available and screen or question customers, vendors, and employees for symptoms.

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