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From furlough, to "Now Hiring"

Posted at 10:36 PM, Jan 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 09:41:32-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — Many restaurants in El Paso County had to either lay off or furlough their employees, due to COVID-19.

With the county now in Level Orange, restaurants are able to seat customers inside, and restaurants have begun hiring again.

"Everybody is in good spirits. The new faces that are here are blending well and coming in with the good attitudes," said Jason Janson, bar manager at Atomic Cowboy.

Most of the staff at Atmoic Cowboy were sent home for a few weeks, but now Janson is calling them back, asking for their help!

"We will be hiring intermittently for both front and back of house positions all over the place for the next two months to get ourselves ready for the summer," said Janson.

Janson shares what the few months of not having a full staff was like for the restaurant, "Restaurant people are a hardy bunch. We were just like alright we will show up keep head down, make food, stay business afloat and when we are able to we can employ theses people we care about."

But now, he is ready to bring in their old staff and hire some new folks.

While it's great to have a full staff again, "We are very limited as to what we can do. We are head counting all the time making sure we are following the rules and keeping everyone safe. Our staff and the public at large," said Janson.

Janson explains the importance of keeping health and safety at the top of the list when more bodies will be in the building.

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