Are you tipping extra at restaurants during COVID-19?

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HARLINGEN, Texas — On Wednesday, Governor Greg Abbott gave restaurants the green light to reopen at 50% capacity.

There are still limitations and standard health protocol changes as the country is not entirely safe from the COVID-19 virus.

While restaurants are at half the occupancy, staff at Las Vegas Café in Harlingen are giving 110% with fewer staff on shift while disinfecting between guests.

For 40 years, Angie Rincon has called the café her second home and works for tips.

The most common tip percentage according to is 15% – 20% but after months of being closed.

“It’s not going to cut it but we also understand and you know we’re grateful for whatever they can tip because it affected everybody,” Rincon said.

Sandra Closner, a Las Vegas Café lover, knows the food is worth the wait and plans on taking care, of the staff.

She doesn’t fall into the 15% norm and proudly tells CBS4/LOCAL 23 “I don’t go by what I ordered. I like to give more than that because they do a good job and they deserve to be tipped well.”

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