CLEVELAND (WJW) — Governor Mike DeWine has started systematically reopening certain industries here in Ohio in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The latest round of businesses, which were given clearance to reopen on May 15, include hair salons, barbershops and restaurants (outdoor dining only).
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And while some owners welcome the chance to flip that welcome sign, others are taking a more cautious approach, like Humble Wine Bar in Lakewood.
“As much as we’d love to open our doors and see everybody’s faces, the health and safety of our employees and guests is what’s most important to us,” the owners said in a post on Facebook.
The restaurant will instead continue to offer curbside carryout only.
“We will definitely be ordering from you soon to support a business that puts health of guests and employees first!” said one customer praising the decision.
Scotti’s Italian Eatery in Cleveland is also staying closed. The owner cited the new restrictions ordered by Governor DeWine and said they can’t redesign their dining room to make the necessary accommodations.
The owner at Nighttown in Cleveland Heights said he’s not willing to take the risk.
“Governor DeWine said it’s a gamble reopening now but it’s not one we are going to take at Nighttown for the sake of our staff and customers therefore we will sit on the fence and see how the “gamble” works out,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Rebbeca Gordon, who is the owner of Stella and Shay Beauty Bar in Westlake and Lakewood, shared a similar sentiment about waiting to reopen.
“I was completely shocked with the May 15 date. To be completely honest, I think it’s too soon,” Gordon told FOX 8 this week.
She said it’s unclear when they will reopen, but when they do, she wants to make sure they have a solid plan in place.
“We can make no mistakes when reopening because we cannot afford to shut down again,” said Gordon.
Owners aren’t the only ones apprehensive about reopening, some customers agree it’s best to wait for right now.