How local restaurants are coping with the latest COVID surge – WSB-TV Channel 2

COBB COUNTY, Ga — It’s apparently business as usual at metro Atlanta restaurants, even with COVID cases surging statewide.

“We never completely removed CDC protocols,” said Greg Lipman, owner and chef of Italian restaurant Piastra on Marietta Square.

Lipman says he won’t require his employees to wear masks just yet, but they face other requirements.

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“You should report any symptoms,” Lipman said of the employees. “If a member of staff ends up testing positive, they must be symptom-free for five days before returning.”

In northeast Atlanta, management at the Char Korean Bar and Grill told me they follow similar protocols.

And for now, they will no longer require their employees to wear masks.

But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that with the high COVID transmission rates now seen in nearly every metro Atlanta county, everyone inside a public space should wear a mask again. .

“I think everyone should wear a mask so COVID cases don’t increase further,” said Hannah Sigmon, a resident of Marietta.

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On Friday, people in Marietta Square told us they were still choosing to get out, even if the surge in cases affected them.

“It definitely changes, like instead of just getting up and going to a bunch of different places and stuff, it makes you think twice about going anywhere,” said resident Braxton Fine. of Marietta.

As cases rise, state officials will closely monitor the number of COVID hospitalizations — a key metric that could determine whether warrants are put in place.

The latest wave is a reminder that COVID is here to stay.

“We knew this wasn’t a one-off and it would go away,” Lipman said.

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