“So we imagine that most of our guests will likely be outside anyway,” Brewer said. “But we’ll follow the same rules outside as inside.”
Other companies are not convinced.
“It doesn’t feel safe right now,” said Stephanie Hofmeister, owner of the Cloud Nine Massage Center in O’Fallon. Massages are just too tight, too long in too small a space, she said.
Hofmeister had to lay off employees after business fell 90%, she said. She believes that when the time is right, she can open up.
Tom Schmidt, owner of the Salt + Smoke grill restaurant on Main Street, said he was keen to get back to normal operations but needed to make sure his customers and employees are safe.
Adam Tilford, co-owner of Mission Taco, said he would rather focus on takeout orders than open the doors.
“Mission Taco is a dining experience and trying to get back open quickly to give people a bad dining experience, not the Mission Taco shared experience, is simply not ready at this point,” Tilford said.
Stone Soup Cottage owners Carl and Nancy McConnell are also in no rush to reopen.
Cottleville restaurant required reservations months in advance. The delivery service that the restaurant started after its dining room closed – including dinner for two with wine, stemmed glasses and candles – was a success.