If there's one thing Georgia residents can agree on, it's there's really nothing better than going to Waffle House after a long night out. Georgians are used to sitting in the popular spot at 3 a.m. and chowing down with a group of friends. Starting today, locals will get a chance to experience it again. Waffle Houses are reopening in Georgia Monday, April 27, but with some changes.
The Georgia-based restaurant chain has 400 restaurants in the state and at least 330 are back in business. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced restaurants and theaters could reopen on Monday, April 27 for phase one of reopening the state.
Governor Kemp tweeted on Saturday, "My thanks to @WaffleHouse CEO Walt Ehmer and the entire Waffle House family on their work to restructure their operations and ensure they can get back to serving customers safely! #gapol."
Georgia is one of the first states to ease business restrictions. Forbes reported, "As this crisis has evolved, Waffle House sales have dropped to around 30% of normal levels, with the chain closing 700 restaurants in 25 states, as of last week."
This opening comes with longer wait times than usual because most locations will be working with a skeleton crew, which means the least amount of employees possible.
All employees will be wearing face masks during their shifts and the restaurant will have all dine-in booths scattered as social distancing guidelines are still being enforced.
Customers will also have to wait outside while they wait for a table to become available.
A local Atlanta Waffle House told 11Alive that they're adapting to the changes by the hour because there are so many company policies and updates.
Extra screening protocols will be put in place for all employees to make sure no one is coming into work sick. Customers can find ease in knowing that the Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer has stated that the restaurants have stepped up their sanitizing practices as well, according to WSB Atlanta.