Swansea restaurant adapts to stay-at-home advisory by starting breakfast services

SWANSEA, M.A. (WLNE) — Massachusetts’ latest set of Covid restrictions went into effect Friday, including a change on facemask protocol and a state-wide overnight stay-at-home advisory.

Everyone is now required to wear a facemask in public, even if they are outside and more than 6 feet away from others.

Under the new stay-at-home advisory, people are not supposed to be out between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

Businesses, including restaurants, will now have to close at 9:30 p.m. at the latest.

While many are upset about the advisory, some restaurants are adapting to the new hours.

Gridiron Sports Bar in Swansea will now open at 8:00 a.m. and begin serving breakfast.

Owner Al Monte said he’s making the change to keep his lights on and his employees paid.

“Let’s face it,” Monte told ABC 6 on Friday, “100 percent of the electric bill is due and 100 percent of the rent is still due.”

Monte said he and his employees are happy to shift their schedules if it keeps customers coming in.

“We have plenty of seating in here, even with the Covid precautions,” Monte boasted about his 11,000 sq. ft. restaurant.  “We’re able to spread people out pretty well.”

While Gridiron isn’t expecting a huge breakfast rush, Monte says even getting 20-30 people eating breakfast each day will help his business in uncertain times.

Monte hopes the state will re-consider it’s curfew, saying a 9:30 pm closing time essentially means he can’t seat customers after 8:30 p.m.

“When I first started in the restaurant business, 5 o’clock was your busy time,” Monte said. “Now it’s 7 o’clock to 8:30, even 9 o’clock.”

“People come out later because they have busy lives,” he said.

Governor Baker has not yet specified how long his new orders will be in place.

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