ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV/CBS) - Friday was one of the last nights diners were able to eat inside restaurants throughout St. Louis County.
Starting on Tuesday, it will be either carry-out or diners can only eat outside at restaurants, but the capacity is limited to 25 percent.
“We’ve been planning for carryout if we have to, but again, it’s not sustainable for our overhead, our rent, our utilities, my salaries alone for my payroll,” said Aaron Teitelbaum.
He owns Herbie’s and Kingside Diner, with three locations between Clayton and the Central West End.
He said he’s spent two months honing his menus so the meals are more conducive to eating at home, like family-style meals and improving his to-go cocktail program in case this happened.
“I can’t imagine us being able to keep everybody at the full hours that they have,” Teitelbaum said. “We just don’t have that kind of money. Our payroll is huge, we have 150 employees in the company.”
The new restrictions for St. Louis County also include capping social gatherings to 10 people, but there will be no policing. It’s up to you to enforce that.
“We will survive,” Teitelbaum said. “We just need to work through it.”
At other businesses, like grocery stores and gyms, even churches, capacity must be cut to 25 percent.
Doug Moore, the spokesperson for the county executive, said this will be considered a “safer at home” public health order, mandating people only leave for work, school, worship services or to buy food and other necessities.
The main difference between these new restrictions and the ones from the spring is now the county says it’s ok to hang out with a small group of 10 or fewer people, though the county asks people stick with that same group indefinitely.