One waiter indicated outdoor dining was more impacted during brunch hours as opposed to the evening, while many patrons brought back their N95 masks.
“We walked today to our car dealership and we wore our masks,” said Grant Slayden, who lives in the city. “Sort of COVID trauma,” he said with a smile. “Brought back that PTSD from COVID, having to wear that mask again. Haven’t done that in a while.”
Other businesses faced an impact beyond restaurants.
Alexandria resident Luke Mahoney said he went golfing Thursday morning.
“A ton of people dropped off the tee sheet today, which is very rare for a day — what is it, 80, 85 degrees? Normally people would be out constantly, and they weren’t,” he said.
Mahoney added he even lost track of a ball he hit because of the haze.
Some outdoor activities in the city were canceled, while other events were moved indoors due to the air quality.
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