Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Business Quarterly: Local businesses prepare to fully reopen

It’s been a little over two months since Governor Chris Sununu lifted the state’s mandated restrictions for New Hampshire businesses in favor of a voluntary set of universal best practices.

No longer are businesses and restaurants required to make customers wear masks or maintain a necessary distance, allowing for some of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic to take further steps toward recovery.

Eliza Allen, owner of Aesop’s Tables in Peterborough, said the change in state guidance didn’t alter the way she had been doing business since last March. The small cafe and catering business inside the Toadstool Bookshop has continued to operate under a takeout model with an increase in outdoor seating. Those eating outside are still given their meals using paper goods and considered takeout.

But this week, Allen said she plans to slowly reintroduce indoor dining, using about half the tables she had prior to the pandemic. For the last year-plus,…

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