Mall tenants say they're losing businesses due to regulations for food court seating

Mall seating, including for food courts, is not allowed under current state guidelines due to the pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Jul 24, 2020, 7:29 PM

Updated 1,397 days ago

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Mall tenants say their businesses are feeling the heat now that hungry shoppers have no place to sit.
Mall seating, including for food courts, is not allowed under current state guidelines due to the pandemic. That restricts food court businesses to offering delivery or to-go services only, while restaurants can serve indoors with restrictions.
Tenants say their businesses have been impacted negatively as a result.
"Right now, we're losing business because people like to come over here. They like to sit. They like to relax. They like to eat the food at the same time. And that's not happening," says Ovie Patel, of Galleria at Crystal Run.
Pyramid Management Group tells News 12 that they would reduce seating capacity to 50% and tables would be socially distant, just like what's being seen at other restaurants.
News 12 reached out to the governor's office for a response and is waiting to hear back.
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