ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando-area restaurant plans to re-open its dining room on May 1, and the decision is getting mixed reactions as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
With Florida's stay-at-home order scheduled to expire on April 30, reopening Florida is a hot topic of discussion. The White House has released a phased-plan to reopen the country and Governor DeSantis has assembled a task force to do the same.
However, while no official plans for reopening Florida have been announced, a gourmet grilled cheese restaurant in Windermere, 33 & Melt, said on Facebook that they will reopen for dine-in guests on May 1.
"33 & Melt will be reopening for dine-in guests May 1. Until then we will continue take out and delivery," they wrote. "Not sure about you but we are over this."
“I think it unfortunate. Every business is struggling, they’re not the only business,” said Brittani Gonzalez who lives close to the business.
Gonzalez tells FOX 35 News that she feels uncomfortable at the thought of people congregating so close to her home.
“I wish they would just consider the safety of everybody. I know a lot of people have been asking if they’re open. Its super great they’re going to have their customers when they’re allowed to open,” Gonzalez said.
Some commenters are backing up the business’ stance, with one saying, “We will be there. We support your right to operate your business. Anyone who disagrees is free to not come out. They can stay at home. We look forward to seeing you again.”
However, others are angry at the restaurant. One commenter, who claims to have eaten at the restaurant before, said that, “There has been no state or county announcements that dine-in will be reopened on May 1st and your decision is reckless and could cost someone, even you, their lives."
Another person commented, “I know that personally, I would love to show up the day you reopen. Watching the county sheriff pull your business license is going to be something I don’t want to miss.”
One woman posted, “Thanks for letting me know you’re a reckless business that doesn’t care about others’ lives. I will never spend my money at this establishment. This is a slap to the face for health care workers.”
FOX 35 reporter Holly Bristow has reached out to the restaurant to see if the reactions they are getting from the public will sway their decision on when to re-open its dine-in services.
FOX 35 News confirmed with the Florida Governor's Office that per an executive order, dine-in services are not allowed to start up again until at least May 8.
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