Customers say they’re ‘relieved’ the state partially reopened

Excitement was in the air Friday as people ate at their favorite restaurants on the first day the stay at home order was lifted.

“I just needed to get out of the house, change up the scenery,” Griffon Landry said. “I was just ready to get back doing something different.”

“I take care of my mom so it’s kind of hard being cooped up in the house and working, now I get to get out and actually do something,” Lynell Landry said.

Restaurants were closed for nearly two months. Now things are a lot different.  Ryder Simoneaux, general manager of Walk On’s in West Baton Rouge says he’s taking extra precaution.

“[We are] checking the temperature of every employee and vendor that comes to the building,” Simoneaux said. “We have multiple new processes with our seating and waiting [area] if we do go on a wait.”

Tables are spread far apart, signs on the ground are asking people to socially distance and every employee is wearing PPE. Simoneaux says while this isn’t what they’re used to it’s a start.

“It’s definitely not what it was before, but it’s better than it was yesterday,” Simoneaux said.

Customers say they don’t mind the changes they’re just happy to be here and experience some sense of normalcy.

“Being around people feels good and hopefully we keep progressing more and more towards a new normal,” Landry said.

Gov. Edwards says phase 1 will last 21 days.

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