San Diego County restaurants still waiting for OK to begin dine-in service

Posted at 12:30 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 15:31:22-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Many restaurants across San Diego County are still waiting for the OK to begin dine-in service.

The managers of the Draft Restaurant in Mission Beach are confident California Gov. Gavin Newsom will soon allow eateries to begin serving customers inside establishments, something they’ve been preparing to do for weeks.

Rocky Sheehan has always been in charge of food and beverages for the Draft Restaurant. But now he’s added responsibilities, like making sure the restaurant follows the COVID-19 county health orders.

Aside from measuring distances and rearranging furniture for social distancing, the restaurant has also had to change to paper menus and step up their sanitation practices.

Sheehan said, “Even though we haven’t been open, we’ve been practicing as if we were. OK, that table just got up. What do you do? One guy picks it up and another comes with a bottle of industrial sanitizer and hits every aspect of that table.”

Because of the changes, they weren’t able to bring the entire staff back. As they gear up for Memorial Day weekend, they have a staff of 20. In previous years, they would normally have 50 employees.

Despite county health officials saying San Diego is ready to open up restaurants for dine-in options, all businesses like the Draft Restaurant are still waiting on the official word from the governor.

Sheehan also said they’re looking at doing temperature checks on customers before they walk in. As for employees, they will all be screened before starting their shift.