Thousands of Restaurants Are Open
But you may not be allowed inside
Early in the pandemic, restaurants had to close their dining rooms because of local or national restrictions intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Those restrictions have mostly lifted — but thousands of restaurant dining rooms are still unavailable to customers.
The closures are happening at a pivotal moment, when restaurants are rethinking formats and moving towards designs that prioritize off-site dining. That means that when we finally emerge from the pandemic, dining rooms could look a lot different.
Some restaurants pointed to continuing outbreaks of COVID-19 as a reason for keeping dining rooms closed. At McDonald's US stores, "roughly 3,000 dining rooms remain closed in high-risk COVID areas as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our customers," company CFO Kevin Ozan said during an analyst call in late October.
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