By David High
Adjusting to the new rules and regulations at restaurant jobs during the Coronavirus has not been easy according to many frontline employees around the Birmingham metro, but some said they have found ways to cope with the strenuous changes.
Duran said she had to adjust to all the safety precautions and new rules that have had to be implemented like wearing a mask the entire shift, limited seating and the difficulty in getting adequate tips.
“We are at half capacity so where I would usually have a six-table section, I only have three, and on a busy night, we might have a two hour wait, even though there is plenty of seats and space,” Duran said. “Like a domino effect, hungry and impatient guests tend to tip less even though it’s not our fault we have to be at half capacity.
According to the Montgomery Advertiser, Governor Kay Ivey extended Alabama’s mask mandate through Oct. 2, which requires everyone to wear a mask when in public settings. This mandate includes employees.
“When I first started working in the pandemic, we had way more to-go orders to the point it was a juggling act to keep them all correct, organize all the receipts and take all of the orders,” Weems said. “But, as time went on, and the world become used to COVID, there were more and more people that wanted to dine in.”
Alex Dyar, a server at Cajun Steamer, said she had to find other ways to make money while continuing to serve at the restaurant. Dyar said her income had dropped because of the lack of customers which caused her check to be smaller and caused her to miss out on tips.