STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA)—Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves says restaurants can allow more people inside. While some restaurant owners are preparing to sit more people inside their business, one Starkville owner says he’s waiting to expand his seating.
Mark Welch, owner of 1883 Smokehouse, said he’s ecstatic the governor allowed restaurants to seat more people but he’s waiting on what the Starkville mayor will say.
“I mean covid has hurt us, it hurt everybody. This is going to be a year we’ll never forget," he said.
Welch said seating 75% capacity in his restaurant will help his business, but he won’t act in it just yet.
He also praised Mississippians for being vigilant against the coronavirus.
“I think we’re doing a pretty good job in Mississippi with face masks and bringing people back in,” he said.