The Atlantic Canada Vice President of Restaurants Canada says he is very happy with the province's move to reopen businesses next week.
Luc Erjavec says operators are very excited to get back to work. This all comes after Premier Stephen McNeil announced the province's next steps to reopening the economy, saying businesses that were forced to shut down due to COVID-19 will be able to reopen June 5 as long as they adhere to public health restrictions.
Of course, this reopening includes restaurants and bars, and Erjavec telling NEWS 95.7 he's very happy to see this move forward.
"We're very pleased that we're going to be able to start reopening, you know this is our business, and this is what we do, so operators are very excited to finally be able to, they have a plan, they know what they have to do, and they want to open," says Erjavec.
He does caution the public they should expect to see some changes when they dine out.
"We'll be required to maybe put in some physical barriers, sanitation stations when you walk in the restaurant, signage, posters, you're gonna see people wearing face coverings," says Erjavec. "You're not gonna see your ketchup and salt and forks and knives on the table, it'll be brought to you when you arrive.
"So it will be different, but you're still gonna get the same ole great quality products, and great service," adds Erjavec.
He admits there are still some lingering concerns.
"In terms of how customers react, feasibility of operating with a reduced capacity, ongoing government support, there's a lot of unknowns out there, of course there's a lot of trepidation," says Erjavec. "We don't know what the tourism season will be like, we know it'll be down dramatically."
He believes they have a solid operation plan in place to reduce the risk to customers and staff.