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Siouxland restaurants react as COVID restrictions approach expiration date

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds' most recent health proclamation that eased many restrictions for restaurants and businesses expires this week.

The proclamation began February 7 and included the removal of a mask requirement and ended the limit of the number of customers in a business.

Leaders with Jitters said they've been adhering to guidelines as they come about.

With those looser restrictions, Sarah Kragthorpe, Owner of Jitters said they don't require masks for customers.

The proclamation ends March 7. If new, tighter restrictions were to come into play, Kragthorpe said she doesn't think it would hurt them.

"We've really just adapted throughout. We originally were take out only and so we made that work. Came up with some creative ideas and ran a lot of deliveries and added some of the local delivery services that helped us out. And we're small staff so we can adapt pretty quickly," said Sarah Kragthorpe, Jitters Owner.

Leaders with Brightside Cafe and Deli said although the restrictions were lifted, they continue to take COVID precautions.

"We're still wearing masks, we're still social distancing here. We're kind of waiting to see how everyone feels about it because even with the proclamation lifting it's something that we still want to do to protect our customers as best as we can. So, we've just kind of been feeling out our customers and communicating with them about how they're feeling with things," said Juan Munoz, Owner.

Munoz said they've continued to handle challenges as they come along and his staff has done a good job of going with the flow making changes as needed.

He added he's grateful for all the support they've received throughout the pandemic.

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