Westport chamber: Dine earlier to help restaurants facing COVID curfew
WESTPORT — Town officials are asking residents to head out to restaurants a bit earlier to help them comply with the governor’s dining curfew.
The Westport Chamber of Commerce announced “Restaurant Savings Time — Dine Earlier,” an initiative to help eateries respond to Gov. Ned Lamont’s executive order for patrons to be served by 9:30 p.m. and dining areas closed by 10 p.m.
Lamont rolled back the state’s COVID-19 reopening guidelines as the number of new cases has surged.
“This directly affects the bottom line of restaurants who will lose possibly an entire seating of patrons, especially on weekends,” the Westport Chamber of Commerce said in a statement.
The initiative calls on residents to head to restaurants earlier in the day to help businesses in town maintain a steady revenue stream.
“It’s all about flexibility and a desire to adapt to a new situation, while still enjoying what our town as to offer,” Matthew Mandell, executive director of the chamber, said in the statement.
There will be flyers and posters put up at restaurants. The logo, designed by Miggs Burroughs, will be posted on social media as a call to action and support, the chamber said.
For more information and to see places in town offering outdoor dining, visit westportwestonchamber.com.