LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Right now, restaurants are among the hardest hit if the June 1 reopening deadline is not met.
If the vaccination goal of 60% is achieved, it would have been the first time since the pandemic began that customers were 100% occupied.
13 Action News spoke to two restaurants, an owner and a manager who are sad that we are no longer on track to fully reopen on June 1st but are willing to wait a little longer.
At both Lotus of Siam’s Las Vegas locations, manager Courtney Barnett was looking forward to June 1, when she won’t have to turn away customers or split families due to COVID-19 capacity limits.
“It’s quite difficult to deal with just to communicate because we are literally the middleman trying to get the mandate guidelines out,” she said.
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“For the most part, people understand. But we have some situations where they are all vaccinated, they are all family and they cannot sit around the table and it is difficult to get the message across that it is not an option” said Barnett. “We have to keep them separate.”
However, on Tuesday she found out that Clark County is unlikely to meet vaccination requirements for restaurants to fully reopen on June 1.
“It’s disappointing, but I understand,” she said. “And of course we are here to work safely. That is our priority, to make a contribution to the state, but also to follow guidelines. We do not want to contribute to COVID anymore.
Barnett says if you compare the capacity between 80% and 100% there is definitely a difference.
“You can feel the difference, but it’s better than 25%, better than the 30%. Any greater percentage we’re grateful for,” said Barnett.
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Kristen Corral wasn’t pleased to hear the news either.
She, too, can’t wait to welcome more guests to her two Tacotarian locations again, and she knows others who need the extra income even more.
“We would like to go back to a point where we can all sit down,” said Corral.
“Small business, we’re lucky. We could take away and do all these other things, but not every restaurant or small business is in this situation,” she said.
“A lot of people have been forced to shut down permanently or lose a lot of money or close temporarily, and all of those things have really affected small businesses and small business owners,” she added.
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Both Barnett and Corral encourage everyone to get vaccinated.
They say they know it’s a personal choice, but it’s also what’s preventing everything in Clark County from reopening fully.
If you would like to apply to Tacotarian, click on this link.
If you would like to apply to Lotus of Siam, click on this link.