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Restaurants in El Paso County now serving at 50% capacity

Colorado COVID-19 Dial
Posted at 8:11 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-06 22:11:18-05

EL PASO COUNTY — Changes in the COVID-19 dial are now allowing restaurants in El Paso County to have 50% capacity.

"We have been waiting to get to a new level and felt like the tide shifted a little and we are finally in the right direction," said Jason Janson, bar manager at Atomic Cowboy.

In Level Orange, restaurants could only serve at 25%, so when Janson heard word of these changes he was thrilled.

"Restaurant people want to be busy, that is why we do this. We thrive on it. The busier we can be the better. Keep the legs moving," said Janson.

Speaking of busy, Janson says the new dial change came at the perfect timing for the Super Bowl celebrations on Sunday.

"We have TV's and wings and pizza and all that stuff if people want to come here and enjoy it."

Interestingly enough, Janson says there was a major slow down in their to go orders on Saturday.

"So it sort of seems like people instead of dining at home they are taking the opportunity to go out and join in restaurants again."

Now while Janson does say the hustle is great, he says now is not the time to lighten up on safety precautions.

"Making sure we still are safe but we now have the ability to feed more people and be a bit busier."

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