Restaurants in Walton County get ready for Memorial Day weekend

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Memorial Day weekend is here, and with hundreds of visitors coming to the area, restaurants are having to prepare as the coronavirus is still a risk.

As short-term rentals reopen, restaurants are getting ready for a bust Memorial Day weekend with new social distancing and cleaning practices. (WJHG/WECP)

Restaurants are having to operate at 50 percent capacity, but employees said they're glad to be open again.

The state is mandating that restaurants put social distancing measures in place, like spacing out the tables.

Employees at La Crema also have to wear a mask and gloves.

La Crema general manager Andrew Preble said they have been looking forward to having visitors after spring break was not as profitable as it usually is.

"We absolutely need it, a lot of people, this is their livelihood, and as you said we did miss spring break so this is a chance for a lot of servers, cooks, and restaurant owners to catch up," said Preble.

La Crema is also disinfecting their tables twice, and even has an online menu that guests scan with their phones instead of having to use hand held menus.

Bud & Alley's owner Dave Rauschkolb said they are not taking reservations right now to help keep crowds at bay

"We're just following all of the procedures, currently we don't have any indoor seating, because we feel like, initially, we're fine with all the outdoor seating and we've had such a great spring that the weather's amazing, so it's working out fine," said Rauschkolb.

More people are expected in South Walton this weekend after short term rentals opened back up earlier this week.

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