TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Thursday was the first day restaurants across Mississippi could open their doors to inside diners.
Gov. Tate Reeves amended his previously-issued Safer-at-Home order, allowing restaurants to reopen but with restrictions such as limiting inside capacity.
Andy Eaton is the director of operations of Buffalo Wild Wings (BWW) in Tupelo.
"This is fantastic. It's great to see this building come back to life,” he said. “You get here and you are just waiting to see the guests."
The coronavirus pandemic tested restaurant managers and staff throughout the country and forced them to adapt.
"This is probably the most challenging thing I've been through in my whole life,” he continued. “And just look at me, I'm old. I think it has given me a new perspective on things. It's a new way of looking at interaction and engagement."
To enforce social distancing, BWW employees are closing every other table to make sure patrons are keeping the 6 feet rule in mind.
The sports bar also created disposable menus, so no two customers come in contact with the same menu.
The pandemic forced managers to create new positions to keep things sanitary.
"We got somebody called the sanitizer where their only job is to wipe down door handles, knobs, tables and really everything."
Not all restaurants in Tupelo are opening back up. Some are waiting until the beginning of next week. Some restaurants are using the extra days to make sure they have resources in place to keep customers and employees safe.