Covid-19: Ricardo Young strives to be part of the solution
As cases of Covid-19 continue to surge in different parts of the world, the United States has not been left out. In Washington DC and other parts of the country, some experts are calling for another shelter-in-place order and that would mean restaurants, retailers and more would close if enacted.
However, Ricardo Young, the CEO of Victory Restaurant and Lounge, has explained how he plans to keep the doors to his restaurants open, and is working hand-in-hand with the city and the county to be part of the solution.
Speaking with Tribune Online, he said: “We have already made a plan, and we are sticking to it,” explained Young.
Young’s plan is a response to slow the spread of the virus. It includes all of the safety measures seen by guests that visit the downtown eatery.
Young has invested in dividers between tables, signage letting guests know they need to social distance, and even installed medical-grade air filters.
“Our family who’s had a bit of experience in the medical world has also decided that we would take a very aggressive approach to prepare the restaurants in the best way possible, not only for our customers but also for course, our staff and family members who work within the restaurant,” said Young.
The restaurant has seen sales drop 35 to 40 per cent some weeks, according to Young, but his workers need restaurants to stay open.
“A lot of people depend on this job. It would be a very good effect is really bad. We can’t qualify under unemployment. We really need it. It’s our only income it’s my job. It’s my passion,” one of Young’s employees explained.
Young added: “I think as long as restaurants respond to this responsibly, that they act accordingly, they put in mitigation efforts like we’ve installed and others are doing,” said Flores.
Instead, he wants to see the public take a more active role in wearing their masks and social distancing.
“It is not a proven fact that restaurants have any kind of extra effort or result in causation to COVID-19 spread. In fact, any public setting can be spread–intimate close contact, however, is where it’s mostly happening,” he said.
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