Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Pennsylvania has implemented several restrictions for the general safety of the public. One of these is not allowing dine-in services in restaurants and only offer either take-away or delivery services.
While restaurants in PA have followed these strict orders and finding ways to still do business under this new normal, one restaurant however went against Governor Wolf’s order.
With branches located in Manchester and Springettsbury townships, Round the Clock Diner opened its doors to its patrons on Sunday. They were a talk of the town during that day because the restaurant was open for dine-in customers, one service that is still not allowed under the governor’s order.
The majority of the customers, especially in their west location at Route 30 and Toronita Street, were only there to pick up orders. Some, however, took the risk and dined inside the restaurant. The management placed signs at the front of the restaurant to remind its customers to wear masks inside and strictly observe 6-foot social distancing.
Although these reminders were evident and visible, having the dine-in service in the restaurant is already breaking these basic rules.
The owner of Round the Clock, Themi Scarellos, said that “We’ve all helped flatten the curve,” and “I think it’s time that people get back to work.”
One of the customers who dined in the restaurant said the lock-down is “way overdue to be lifted” and stated that the only that the public will be going to get around over this situation is herd immunity.
Gov. Tom Wolf previously announced that he would be lifting some restrictions to specific outdoor activities. Golf courses, private owned campgrounds, marinas, and guided fishing trips are some of these related activities. Campgrounds in state parks are not allowed to open and will remain closed through May 14. However, nail salons, hair salons, gyms, and theaters are still not allowed to reopen.
As more Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in York County, state police have previously implemented a face mask order where customers going inside grocery stores and other businesses are required to wear masks upon entry.