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Mass. restaurants facing challenging weeks, months ahead

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PREPARE AND PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH. >> RESTAURANTS ARE THE HEART AND SOUL OF A COMMUNITY. KAREN: AWARD-WINNING CHEF JODY ADAMS OWNS SEVERAL RESTAURANTS INCLUDING PORTO IN THE BACK BAY. WHEN THE PANDEMIC FIRST HIT, HER TEAM THERE RALLIED TO JOIN THE EFFORT OFF THEIR PLATE, PROVIDING 300 MEALS A DAY TO FRONTLINE HOSPITAL WORKERS THEY’VE JUST STARTED SELLING TAKEOUT FOOD. WHILE SOME RESTAURANTS ARE PUSHING THE GOVERNOR TO ALLOW THEM TO GET BACK TO BUSINESS, JODY BELIEVES IT’S TOO SOON TO DO IT SAFELY AND RESPONSIBLY, WITH SO MUCH STILL UNKNOWN ABOUT THE SPREAD OF THE DISEAS IN, BECAUSE IF WE MISSTEP, WE’ LOST SO MUCH OF WHAT WE’VE ALREADY DONE SO FAR.

KAREN: RESTAURANTS KNOW THEY WILL HAVE TO CUT THEIR CAPACITY IN HALF, BUT WHAT ELSE? >> DOES IT DOES IT MEAN THAT YOU CAN USE A BAR? WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF THAT? WE HAVE AN OPEN KITCHEN. WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF THAT? DO WE HAVE TO PUT A SCREEN UP BETWEEN THE GUESTS’ COUNTER A THE COOKS? KAREN: JODY IS USING HER VOI TO HELP A NEW GROUP URGING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PASS A $120 BILLION RESTAURANT STABILIZATION FUND TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENT RESTAURANTS ACROSS THE NATION AND HELP THEM MAKE IT THROUGH THIS YEAR.

>> WITHOUT THOSE DOLLARS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, I AM NOT SURE WHETHER OR NOT THEY’LL SURVIVE. KAREN: HERE IN HARVARD SQUARE, NO STUDENTS, NO TOURISTS, BUT A LOT OF EMPTY RESTAURANTS. DENISE JILLSON, HEAD OF THE HARVARD SQUARE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, IS PUSHING THE CITY TO HELP BY LOWERING FEES AND CLOSING STREETS SO RESTAURANTS CAN ADD OUTDOOR SEATING. BUT WILL CUSTOMERS EVEN WANT TO COME? HOW MANY RESTAURANTS WILL ACTUALLY SURVIVE THE PANDEMIC IS UNKNOWN. >> THIS IS A BIG, BIG QUESTION, AND I THINK IT WILL DEPEND ON THE PUBLIC AND HOW THE PUBLIC WILL RESPOND WHEN RESTAURANTS OPEN >> THEY ARE YOUR PLACES OF GATHERING, AND WHERE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE WELL TAKEN CARE OF, AND WHERE YOU’RE AT HOME.

AND WE HAVE ALWAYS EXTENDED A HAND. AND RIGHT NOW, WE NEED THE HAN EXTENDED TO US. KAREN: RESTAURANT LEADERS ARE ALSO ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE FROM THE STATE FOR EVERYTHING FROM WORKING ON THE LEASES, TO MAKING SURE THEY HAVE ENOUGH PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR EMPLOYEES. THERE SHOULD BE GETTING.

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