PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It’s not written in stone, but Philadelphia and the surrounding counties could move into the yellow phase of reopening on June 5. That means stay-at-home restrictions could be lifted in favor of agressive mitigation.
A Delaware County business does not expect much to change with the new phase, but is anticipating what that means for its future.
When KYW Newsradio talked to Angela Harris of the Folcroft Diner back in March, she was cutting her staff and making adjustments for to-go orders only, to fall in line with Gov. Tom Wolf’s directive to stop dine-in eating.
That business model was not sustainable for them.
“We closed for a little more than a month and a half, and just recently made the decision to open back up for takeout,” she said.
Barbara Wiker is lucky to be one of the four takeout preppers at the diner.
“It’s a bit of a relief, but it’s not the same as if I was working,” she said.
For Harris, the governor’s plan to try and move our part of the state to a yellow partial reopening phase is welcome news even though restaurants and bars will still be limited to carryout and delivery.
She said that’s because it means they’re one step closer to fully reopening, something they’ll do with a new look.
“We’re going to put partitions between the booths. We put the glass wall completely around our cashier. I feel I’m in a fishbowl. I feel like I’m in my aquarium at home. We want to open so we gotta do what we gotta do,” she said.
“It’s definitely going to be an adjustment, but I’m excited to get back to work,” Wiker said about the new setup.
Before the shutdown, Harris had a staff of about 30 servers. Now that number is down to four. But she anticipates getting more of them back to work.
“I would love to see everyone’s faces in here, and be able to talk to them,” she said. “I miss a lot of the customers.”
Under the yellow phase, theaters, nail salons, barbershops, and casinos must remain closed.
Indoor retail shopping is allowed but discouraged, and curbside pickup is preferred.