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Restaurants prepare to fight the coronavirus

While restaurant owners say they're taking all of the necessary sanitary precautions, they have another concern, for their staff. (WJHG/WECP)
While restaurant owners say they're taking all of the necessary sanitary precautions, they have another concern, for their staff. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Mar. 16, 2020 at 6:02 PM CDT
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Cleaning is part of everyday life for restaurant owners.

But now it’s more important than ever with coronavirus fears.

"Doing a lot of extra sanitizing, the tables and everything like that. We're having to be a lot more careful in the restrooms, making sure we got extra soap and sanitizer around the restaurant,” said All American Diner owner Charles Arentz.

"Whenever a customer gets up they automatically wipe down the tables, we have to wipe down hot sauce bottles, like we're doing that extra kinda thing,” said Back Beach Barbecue Manager Ashleigh Jones.

Many are making sure customers have their space.

"In my restaurant I've gone in and X'd out every other table to give people a little more room around each other,” said Mike Thomas, the owner of Mike’s Cafe and Oyster Bar, “So if somebody coughs, people don't freak out, trying to make it a little easier."

"If we're not real busy, we're trying to keep the further apart,” said Arentz.

But restaurant owners say they’re dealing with the same shortages as everyone else.

"Jugs of sanitizer, everybody's out. My suppliers are out, I mean people aren't gonna have that sitting around like they did,” said Thomas.

"Buying a lot of extra gloves, which are very hard commodity to come by right now, the grocery companies, they can't hardly get them in. It's very hard to get anything to keep it to where the customers feel safer out there right now,” said Arentz.

While restaurant owners say they're taking all of the necessary sanitary precautions, they have another concern, for their staff.

"All my people, they stockpile their money for the summer time knowing in the winter time it's slow, it's gonna really be hard on a lot of people when it's gonna really affect a lot of people financially,” said Arentz.

"Me and the owner we're talking this morning and he's like concerned we might have to shut down and that's gonna hurt everyone that's here,” said Jones.

With many factors still unknown, restaurant owners say they only want to focus on giving their customers the best experience.

"People want to be wanted, people want to be treated good. I can spread you out, treat you good, the government, the CDC says that makes you safer, I want to do whatever I can do to make them safer,” said Thomas.

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