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The Roof at Ponce City Market, an outdoor entertainment venue with 360-degree views of the Atlanta skyline, will open with “restricted operations” starting Monday, May 4, according to a press release Friday.
“Reopening in the safest and best way possible is our top priority,” Mandy Slater, co-owner of The Roof operator Slater Hospitality, said in the release.
“At this time, we feel confident that with our unique 80,000 square feet open-air rooftop and outdoor seating, we can more than adhere to the recommended six-feet social distancing guidelines and can continue to keep our employees and guests safe while we resume business.”
To ensure the safety of guests, employees, and the community, the venue, which includes several open-air spaces, is taking extra care and precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Providing COVID-19 training as well as training on general safety and sanitation protocol for all employees prior to returning to work
- Strictly enforcing the policy that all employees accessing The Roof will be required to wear a protective mask and gloves (which will be provided by the manager on duty)
- Increasing the extent and frequency of already rigorous cleaning practices, with emphasis on all high traffic areas including the kitchen, restrooms, golf clubs and games
- Ensuring that hand sanitizer is readily available for employee and guest use on The Roof
- Greatly reducing capacity by more than 50%
- Facilitating cash-free transactions only
- Using menus that will be disposed of after each use
- Disposable plates, glasses, and silverware will be offered as an option at the beginning of each dining experience
“In addition, The Roof team is dedicated to staying updated on essential procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and government officials,” a spokesperson said.
Of note, the heege tower and slide will remain closed until further notice. Also, reservations for 9 Mile Station are strongly encouraged.
[Editor’s note: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving as is its effect on Atlanta, and the City’s businesses and its residents. Click here for What Now Atlanta’s ongoing coverage of the crisis. For guidance and updates on the pandemic, please visit the C.D.C. website.]