'Casa del Rio' shares plans to resume dine-in services with KGUN 9

Posted at 10:54 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 10:35:08-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — "Monday, May 11th, dine in service can reopen," Governor Doug Ducey, proclaimed at a press conference this week.

However, with continued concerns about a possible increase in COVID-19 cases, so called 're-openings' will happen under some conditions.

"There will be physical distancing inside these establishments. We're working closely with the industry, they will have this week to prepare."

Kevin Templin, general manager at 'Casa del Rio' in southeast Tucson, said they're making preparations this week.

"We've been keeping everybody working, at least, at a part-time basis."

The fact that staff are ready to work full-time again and the green light coming from Phoenix isn't keeping his restaurant from taking safety precautions; beginning with the first thing you might touch after you sit down: their menus.

"We're not going to have a menu that I'm going to share, that you're going to share, that anybody's going to share. As soon as you touch your menu, you're done with your menu, you've placed your order, we're going to throw that menu away," Templin said.

"We're going to make sure that you're not sitting next to another individual at a table that's nearby. There's going to be essentially like a skip of a table."

Templin said employees will be wearing masks and gloves.

"They come to work, we're going to take their temperature. We're going to have daily logs so it's going to have the temperature, if there's any concern, that person's going to go home."

If customers aren't also practicing some precautions of their own, the risk of infection could remain a concern.

"If you're feeling ill, you shouldn't be in a restaurant."

Templin said 'Casa del Rio' plans to open it's doors to limited dine-in services on May 13th.