July 4th weekend is typically a time for people to get together at beaches, restaurants, bars, and parties. This year was different due to the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases. States across the country paused reopening plans in advance of the holiday weekend in an effort to limit the number of new infections.

Texas and Florida ordered bars to close for a second time, and beaches across Florida were off-limits. California also put its reopening plan on pause as well, ordering bars to close in several counties including Los Angeles. Even in New York City, where the number of new COVID-19 infections has been stable, the Mayor confirmed that the city would not go forward with indoor dining.

While it is difficult to accept the fact that life will be different for the foreseeable future, it is necessary that we all commit to ensuring the well-being of our country. This does not mean that safely grabbing a meal or a drink with friends is impossible though.

We’ve seen states reopen in ways that limit the spread of COVID-19. Outdoor seating, along with other guidelines such as mask wearing and social distancing, is an effective way for restaurants to ensure people's safety. Sidewalks and/or roadways are now being utilized by businesses to help ensure that customers can experience going out again in an environment where COVID-19 transmission is mitigated. Marqii has helped clients navigate the process including marking businesses as take-out, contactless delivery or in store pick up.

Recent events have shown that reopening prematurely can have detrimental effects on public safety. On the other hand, reopening under safe guidelines can lead to the much needed return of in-house and on-premise dining. As restaurants and other establishments continue battling through these hard times, Marqii will continue to be there for them.