Bethany House to reopen dining area

Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 9:18 AM CDT
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - A local shelter is opening its dining room after being closed for more than a year due to the pandemic.

However, with coronavirus cases still a concern in our community, Bethany House is making sure people are keeping safe while enjoying their warm meal.

Bethany House will continue their mission to feed the homeless as they welcome both the public and volunteers to their dining room.

With the concern of new cases on the rise, the organization says it still has safety guidelines in place.

Community members can now eat together once again at Bethany House.

“As restaurants open, we saw the opportunity to also open our dining room here at Bethany House.”

Now that the dining room has reopened, safety is the number one priority.

“We’ll continue to monitor people who come in, and as people who are sick well refer them to somebody, we can’t do COVID testing but we can insist they wear their mask and sanitize their hands,” said Carlo Barto.

Bethany House expects hundreds to come in for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

However, as tables are socially distanced and the capacity is reduced to only about 30, they’re prepared to extend their serving times.

“Obviously with social distancing it might take us a little longer to serve the meals,” said Margarita Flores. “So if in the past it took us 45 minutes, obviously with social distancing it might take us a little longer to serve the meals.”

If more cases continue to rise, it’s not out of the question to go back to their grab and go method to continue keeping safe.

“Should there be any changes in this dreadful situation and we have to shut down again we will.”

The Bethany House says it’s a sigh a relief they were able to vaccinate many who show up regularly, but measures will continue being enforced regardless of vaccination status.

The shelter is open 6 days a week.

They serve breakfast at 9 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m. and dinner at 4 p.m.

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