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In May, Arkansas allowed restaurants to re-open their dining rooms to the public with reduced capacity, adjusted seating space, mask requirements and health screenings for employees. But even now, many local restaurants are still trying to find safe ways to reach customers- from to-go only or outside seating. And as colder weather approaches some establishments are uncertain about what they'll do next.

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The Downtown Springdale Outdoor Dining District opens to the public today. The city council approved an ordinance establishing the new entertainment district by a vote of 5-3 at last night’s meeting. The approved ordinance permits alcoholic beverages to be carried outside of participating businesses and be consumed within the downtown district between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily so long as the beverage is contained in a designated cup.

Get Shift Done is an initiative formed in the wake of the pandemic that connects affected hospitality workers with local nonprofits providing hunger relief to communities. The effort started in Texas in March. Now it’s expanding to other locations around the country including Northwest Arkansas. Workers are paid $15 an hour for completing shifts at local nonprofits.

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On Monday, restaurants across Arkansas were allowed to resume dine-in service with some limitations. While some restaurants are re-opening at 33 percent capacity and implementing new safety protocols, many establishments are deciding to keep their doors closed  and continue offering delivery and to-go options only. 

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On Thursday, Governor Asa Hutchinson directed all restaurants and bars to cease dine-in seating and restrict operations to carry-out and delivery services to help reduce community spread of COVID-19. Many local restaurants are trying to find ways to cope with the new measures while staying afloat.