Local eateries implement measures for coronavirus

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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The states of Alabama and Georgia have combined for more than 150 cases of COVID-19, which continues to spread throughout the United States. Two of the confirmed cases are in Troup County.

This has led to school being canceled for the foreseeable future, along with many other closings of different services.

The disease has city and state governments figuring out the best plan for stopping the spread of COVID-19. For example, the city of Lanett is urging families to stay at their homes and stay off the streets after 11 p.m.

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A big part of the economy affected by the virus is the restaurant business. California, Ohio, Illinois, Washington and Massachusetts have all closed down restaurants, bars and wineries to try and slow down the spread. In those states, restaurants have shut down dining rooms but carryout and delivery are still available.

So far, Alabama and Georiga have not followed that course of action, but restaurants in Chambers County and Troup County have been working on different ways to slow or stop the spread of the virus.

Captain D’s, located on 20th Ave, is serving everything over the counter, according to owner Sharon Lockhart. It has also pulled napkin and condiment holders. McDonald’s has closed its dining rooms nationwide.

In West Point, Coach’s has made some adjustments as well. Condiment holders have been taken off tables, and there are napkins available to help open doors without touching the handles.

Johnny’s Pizza has also made some adjustments.

“There’s just a lot of things that we’re going to do to help the safety of not only the staff but our customers,” Johnny’s Pizza owner Ben Hamilton said. “We’re going to provide the best environment that we can.”

Just like at Captain D’s and Coach’s, condiments have been removed from the table at Johnny’s Pizza. The restaurants have also taken their cleaning a step farther. Johnny’s sanitizes everything at least five times and is cleaning menus after every use.

They are also working to make sure customers aren’t coming in direct contact with the entire restaurant if they can help it, by sitting people at every other table. The CDC advised that groups of six or more should be split up, and Johnny’s is following that advice.

Starting on Monday, Johnny’s will also have curbside pickup. This is for online orders and call-in orders only, as long as it is requested.

“We are implementing the social distancing stuff to give people space. We want people to have a safe experience,” Hamilton said.