Restaurants gear up for Mother’s Day weekend amid spike in COVID-19 cases – NBC Connecticut

With Mother’s Day weekend shaping up to be busy for businesses and the state seeing a slow but steady rise in cases, restaurant owners tell us COVID-19 remains at the forefront.

There’s a sizzling appetite to celebrate mothers this weekend at Rooster Company in Newington.

“It’s one of the busiest, except probably on Thanksgiving eve,” said Jamie Ward, co-owner of Rooster Co. brunch time.”

As Mother’s Day approaches, the risk of COVID transmission has captured the attention of Rooster Co. owners.

“It’s obviously something we still don’t want to see,” said Jon Martin, co-owner of Rooster Co. “We don’t want a relapse of what we’ve seen over the past two years.”

Connecticut‘s current 7-day rolling COVID-19 positivity rate has reached 11.2%. According to Governor Ned Lamont’s office, 56,223 tests have been reported and 6,297 were positive.

On Thursday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed Connecticut’s eight counties as medium or high as part of its COVID-19 community levels map, according to the state’s Department of Public Health.

Middlesex, New Haven and Hartford counties are all in high transmission areas.

“It’s a newer sub-variant of Omicron and it seems to be more contagious, so what the magnitude would be, I don’t think anyone knows at this point,” said Liany Arroyo, director of health and social services for the city of Hartford.

The Omicron sub-variant and consumer behavior could determine restaurants’ ability to stay afloat, industry experts say.

“It’s always a concern and it’s something not just for your guests, making sure people come out, but also how you’re able to recruit staff,” said Scott Dolch, executive director of the Connecticut Restaurant Association.

Rooster Co. tells NBC Connecticut they hope customers will feel comfortable walking through their doors and choose to dine if they are ready.

“We’re all in this together, we’ll get through this and I hope everyone can have a good day and have fun,” Martin said.

Medical chiefs recommend keeping your mask handy and getting vaccinated and boosted to add another level of protection.

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