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Mt. Carmel Business Owner Frustrated Over Rapidly Changing Restrictions

In Wabash County, restrictions changed twice within twenty four hours, causing confusion for business owners on what they are allowed to do.

Posted: Jan 18, 2021 8:56 AM

Wabash County entered tier two of their restrictions on Friday, Jan. 15th and just one day later, the health department announced they were switched to tier one -- and it’s caused a lot of confusion and frustrations for business owners -- including Walter Blake, owner of Taco Tierra in Mt. Carmel.


"We've lost count of how many times they have changed the rules of operation,” Blake said.


And even though the current tier allows dining open at twenty five percent capacity, Blake says he is shutting it down -- with drive thru as the only option.


"If we're not consistent -- the customers can't understand what the rules are,” Blake said. “And then they're getting upset because we are changing them mid-stream."


Even if they opened seating up, Blake says they would not be able to successfully wait on customers.


"You have to have additional staff to come out and clean between each seating and all of the extra cleaning that has to be done for the customer and the crew,” Blake said. “It just doesn't work out money wise."


Mt. Carmel Mayor Joe Judge says he sympathizes with Blake.


"We would like all businesses opened 100 percent in the state of Illinois,” Judge said. “And we have worked hand and hand with a lot of our businesses trying to get them grants and funds to keep going."

And more funds is exaclty what Blake hopes for the future.


"We have a lot of mothers working for us that have children that have babysitting issues, school issues,” he said. And you just can't be jacking people's lives around at the drop of a hat."

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