Washington, DC (CNN)The hottest table at Jason Fernandez’s restaurants in Tampa is an unusual spot — the middle of 7th Avenue. Fernandez began reopening his three restaurants this month after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said restaurants could serve customers on site, provided indoor capacity is limited to 25% and social distancing measures are followed. Tampa’s government has launched a two-week test to close some streets to car traffic so that restaurants can expand seating. Local governments, such as Tampa, are rethinking how street space is used to help businesses survive the pandemic. Many states are beginning phased reopenings that significantly restrict how many people may be inside businesses. Some cities are planning to remove curbside car parking or close entire streets so restaurants can shift tables onto streets, making it possible to follow social distancing guidelines and have enough customers to justify operating. Fernandez told CNN Business that he wouldn’t be able to sustain his staff and pay bills with 25% capacity. He added that it would still be challenging at 50% capacity, the new threshold DeSantis set on Friday. But with the added outdoor seating, he’s at 80% capacity, making it possible to open. Read More He initially opened… Read full this story
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