(WSIL)—Illinois enters Phase 5 of Governor Pritzker’s Reopening Plan this Friday, and that means adjustments for many businesses.
Phase 5 means that Illinois is “fully restored,” that includes opening restaurants at full capacity.
But there are still challenges to deal with.
It has been a year and half since many restaurants have been able to dine at full capacity, and some restaurants may have staff that have never dealt with indoor dining before.
And many restaurants are still on the lookout for new workers, and food prices are beginning to rise, so there are a lot of obstacles that restaurants will face.
But as things begin to open again, managers have advice for patrons.
“Be patient, because there’s gonna be shortages, there’s gonna be a lot of different issues that you may not see as a consumer, but the restaurants are dealing with. It’s kinda that, what do they say, the duck is paddling furiously underwater, but as the consumer, you don’t see that,” said the General Manager of New Kahala, William Lo.
Lo said it’s also a good idea to call ahead and give restaurants a chance to prepare, if you plan on dining in.
You can see a full list of all the changes Phase 5 brings to Illinois here.
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