A local restaurant has opened back up and is giving their customers an option between a coughing section and a no coughing section.

“We’ve found a way to give all of our customers what they want. If you choose the ‘coughing section’, you’re allowed to cough, sneeze, and clear your throat without people looking at you like you just murdered a puppy. If you sit in the ‘no coughing section’ you aren’t allowed to do much more than get your meals ground up into liquid form to drink through a mask,” said the restaurant owner.

The policy comes as COVID cases in the state seem to be on a rollercoaster ride and many business owners not knowing what to do.

“It’s really just a test to see how it all goes in these uncertain times. Everyone is crazy nowadays, so we’re trying our hardest to please as many people as we can. It’s a tough job to do, so it’s all experimental at this point. We believe it could drive business to around pre-COVID levels!” said the restaurant owner.

Citizens are still torn on the idea of having the two sections, though.

“If my son opts for the cough section, but I don’t, we’re going to be split up and I’m not okay with being split from my family. I believe it to be racist as well, because it will divide colored people from white people. That puts us on a path back to the early days of this nation where slavery was just a normal thing for people. Splitting people up by if they want to cough or not cough is basically the 1800’s,” said one local citizen we spoke with.

The restaurant owner confirmed to us it will not be race based sectioning.

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Adam K. White