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Restaurants reopen across Mississippi to inside dining

Thursday was the first day restaurants across Mississippi could open their doors to inside diners.

Posted: May 7, 2020 4:26 PM

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.

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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.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 37542

Reported Deaths: 1272
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds310258
DeSoto205020
Madison156039
Jones125450
Harrison123116
Rankin117320
Forrest107143
Neshoba105077
Lauderdale97581
Scott83715
Jackson80919
Washington78214
Copiah69016
Leake65120
Lee64023
Grenada63412
Oktibbeha63228
Lamar6127
Warren61222
Holmes60842
Wayne57519
Yazoo5747
Leflore56956
Lowndes55317
Lincoln54136
Pike52821
Lafayette5274
Sunflower5269
Monroe47239
Panola4696
Covington4665
Simpson4613
Bolivar42818
Tate41813
Attala39024
Pontotoc3906
Adams38820
Newton37910
Marion35612
Claiborne31811
Pearl River31732
Marshall3074
Winston30513
Chickasaw30419
Jasper2956
Walthall2899
Noxubee2819
Clay26811
Smith26112
Union25811
Coahoma2376
Clarke23425
Lawrence2182
Yalobusha2089
Tallahatchie2064
Montgomery1903
Carroll18911
Kemper18414
Humphreys17810
Calhoun1765
Hancock15813
Itawamba1528
Tippah15111
Jefferson1353
Webster13511
George1313
Jefferson Davis1294
Prentiss1294
Tunica1273
Amite1183
Greene11810
Alcorn1132
Tishomingo1111
Quitman1041
Wilkinson1049
Perry954
Stone802
Choctaw764
Franklin582
Sharkey520
Benton490
Issaquena111
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 58225

Reported Deaths: 1183
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson7186174
Mobile5206147
Montgomery4690114
Tuscaloosa277754
Madison27299
Marshall209012
Shelby182026
Lee171637
Morgan14296
Baldwin139611
Walker112635
DeKalb11187
Etowah110414
Elmore110124
Dallas102810
Franklin96016
Unassigned81428
Russell7340
Autauga73317
Chambers69332
Limestone6914
Cullman6896
Houston6587
Butler65631
St. Clair6463
Tallapoosa64669
Lauderdale6337
Colbert5826
Calhoun5776
Escambia5228
Lowndes49723
Pike4915
Jackson4722
Coffee4534
Covington43913
Talladega4337
Dale4142
Barbour4133
Bullock38010
Hale36723
Marengo36411
Chilton3563
Blount3441
Marion33214
Clarke3296
Wilcox3258
Winston3157
Sumter30413
Pickens2806
Randolph27910
Monroe2773
Perry2632
Conecuh2478
Bibb2322
Macon2279
Choctaw22112
Greene2019
Henry1613
Washington1588
Lawrence1510
Crenshaw1403
Cherokee1357
Geneva1060
Lamar951
Clay922
Fayette902
Coosa691
Cleburne531
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