CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department approved the re-opening of seven restaurants in Kanawha County on Saturday evening while the county is still under a do-not-use water order.
Health Department Director Dr. Rahul Gupta said the establishments had presented a plan that included a separate reliable water source on site. Gupta said the health department mad on-site visits to each business before approval was given.
Gupta said allowing the restaurants to reopen while the ban was still in place was a matter of health and economics. He said residents have had a difficult time preparing food at home with the order in place so opening the restaurants would give them another option. He added the move also was an economic one for the area.
Gupta expected other restaurants to be approved for re-opening Sunday.