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Baltimore City restaurants reopen at 6am for indoor/outdoor dining, others remain closed

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Posted at 4:24 PM, Jan 22, 2021

BALTIMORE — After being closed for nearly six weeks some restaurants are reopening for indoor and outdoor dining.

"We opened Slainte's at 7 a.m.," said operations manager Samantha Hofherr. "We rang a bell for him and we're really glad to have people back."

Mother's Bar & Grille in Federal Hill also shared a similar sentiment.

"For us it's all about customer service," said owner Kelly Rathers. "We're just happy to see people face-to-face."

But for some restaurants the new city mandates make reopening more complicated.

While in-person dining in the city resumed at 6 a.m. Friday with a 25 percent capacity for indoor dining and 50 percent for outdoor dining, not all restaurants are reopening.

There is also a one hour time limit on customers.

Golden West in Hampden said it will only be doing carry-out services.

In a message to WMAR 2 News, the owner said, "We will remain closed to indoor dining until our staff has been vaccinated."

As for outdoor dining, the owner said it will depend on weather.

Mount Washington Tavern will keep their doors closed.

The owner said the new restrictions still aren’t sustainable.

Those choosing to reopen say they'll take advantage of the added sales while keeping people safe.

Health Officials said Thursday they would continue to monitor COVID-19 data and make necessary changes should numbers reflect an increase in cases.