Central Ohio restaurants plan new ways to stay safe in the new year

The new year is bringing a common foe: COVID-19.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When the ball drops and the New Year begins, some restaurants in Columbus will be well into their 2022 plans. One is Watershed Kitchen + Bar.

10TV spoke with Marlon Gannon, the Director of Restaurant Operations. 

“This past holiday the numbers are there, and people are coming back out and things are great. It feels fantastic we’re really excited about 2022 and our new initiatives,” he said.

But the New Year is bringing along a common foe: COVID-19.

Gammon said business was good, then came the Omicron variant. Yet, the restaurant stayed open despite the virus’ spreading in Columbus.

While inside, masks are required to be worn unless you’re sitting. What’s kept them going is expecting the unexpected. In 2022, Gammon says the restaurant will roll out a new insurance plan for full-time employees, as well as a

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COVID concerns force Twin Cities restaurants to cut holiday season short

As the omicron variant intensifies, so do the woes of Twin Cities-area restaurants.

A rash of positive COVID cases had many high-profile restaurants choosing to temporarily close over the lucrative New Year’s holiday weekend. That includes Owamni, the Minneapolis riverfront destination that landed on best-restaurant lists nationwide, including the Star Tribune’s.

“Out of an abundance of caution to our staff and guests we have made the decision to close a few days early before our January break,” read a statement on the restaurant’s website. “The health of our staff and community is paramount and we chose to be on the side of safety and well-being.”

Owners Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson are taking precautions a step further, requiring proof of vaccination to dine at the restaurant when it reopens Jan. 19.

But, as several hospitality business owners point out, choosing whether to stay open, close, require masks or

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