Local businesses adapt to new catering and social gathering measures

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — New COVID-19 measures are keeping small businesses on their toes.

“Every few weeks the rules are changing, so we’d rather just focus on just surviving here,” said Carlo Carlozzi of Circe Restaurant.

Now for catered events in Providence, the limit is 10 people for indoor events and 25 people for outdoors.

Caterers must submit a COVID-19 event control plan along with a special events permit.

The city says it will work with caterers for events that had been previously scheduled before the executive order was announced.

Some businesses like Circe that normally do catered events have decided it’s just not worth it.

“To be honest with you, we want to steer clear from any catering events outside of the restaurant,” Carlozzi said. “It’s too complicated right now and it’s just too many rules and regulations going on.”

Also going into effect is a rule stating social gatherings are limited to five people or those in your immediate household.

But how can restaurants enforce that in their establishments?

“It is a little complicated,” Carlozzi said. “We’re supposed to be checking I guess IDs to see if the last names match, but we’re doing our best here to make sure that we follow the guidelines.”

He says it comes down to cooperation from the public.

“It’s going to be difficult, it’s going to be challenging,” Carlozzi said. “Basically we’re just hoping that people are just honest when they come out.”

Some in the public say they want to support local businesses like restaurants, but add the household rule makes things complicated.

“My son goes back and forth between his mom’s house and his father’s house, which concerns me,” said Circe diner Adina Scola. “And he has a sister who goes from here to there. It’s very complicated, and it’s very hard to control and manage, but we’re doing the best we can. We’re all in this together.”


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