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Milwaukee County's suburban businesses prepare for re-opening

Posted at 6:05 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 06:29:19-04

MILWAUKEE COUNTY, WI — Businesses in Milwaukee County are gearing up to re-open as the county's alternative to Wisconsin's Safer at Home order comes to an end.

Friday, they will be allowed to re-open with new guidelines.

Carolyn Goris, owner of Mooi, a boutique shop in Wauwatosa, said she's going to wait.

“Just so we can prepare properly for when we do open on Tuesday, the 26," Goris said.

Up the street at Leff's Lucky Town, employees were hard at work setting up to get the business ready for dine-in service on its patio.

“We’re going to control the crowds and only let so many people in and do what we can to make it a safe environment," said Leff's owner Chris Leffler.

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley said businesses should be safe about reopening.

“You could re-open, but if there’s not consumer confidence out there for people to come to your business, you may be spending more money than you would be if you stayed closed," Crowley said.

The owners at Genesis Restaurant in Greenfield are waiting until next week Wednesday to reopen.

“We just felt we weren’t quite ready safety-wise. We wanted to make sure the employees are up to date with the COVID stuff," said owner Julie Tsopelas.

While some businesses will remain closed, The Forum in Greenfield is getting ready for a big day welcoming customers inside on Friday.

“We’re ready to go but there’s nerves," said Sam Diamantopoulous, owner of the Forum.

Diamantopoulous said his business will now run with fewer open booths and fewer customers inside at a time. Each of his employees will wear masks.

"We're going to operate at 50 percent at this point," Diamantopoulous said.

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