Two local restaurants, The Village Diner in Glenside and Bonnet Lane Family Restaurant in Abington, have continued to offer indoor-dining after Governor Tom Wolf’s order that prohibited indoor dining between December 12th and January 4th. In announcing this order, the governor stated that this measure was necessary due to surging cases of Coronavirus and the impact on hospitals.
The Village Diner initially complied with the governor’s order. However, on December 21st posted the below on social media:
After much consideration, the diner will be opening for indoor, takeout or curbside daily from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. We are confident that we have followed and will continue to follow all guidelines regarding masks, sanitation and social distancing. I believe in my staff and their ability to serve you safely. I understand that some people may not be happy with this decision and I am by no means downplaying this virus. My prayers go out to those affected by it. I have staff who depends on me to make a living and closing is not fair to them a week before Christmas. I truly appreciate the ongoing support and encouragement from our customers and the community. And I will repect (sic) the rights of all of you to make the best deicision (sic) for you and your families. Be well. Be safe. Happy Holidays
The Bonnet Lane Family Restaurant has remained open for indoor seating since the governor’s order when into effect. On December 11th, the restaurant posted the following statement on social media:
Both restaurants are listed on a website that is providing information on the restaurants that have decided to continue to offer indoor seating. As of this morning, there are 27 restaurants in Montgomery County listed.
Yesterday, GlensideLocal.com reported on comments made by Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh on the lack of data showing that transmission of the virus is occurring in restaurants.