Restaurants Deal With COVID-19


Restaurants Impacted by COVID-19
Lilly Felician
Staff Writer

Local restaurants have each had their own way of dealing with the coronavirus restrictions.

Pennsylvania’s latest COVID restrictions state that all in-person businesses must require that a mask be worn, may operate at 75% occupancy, and must follow the Business and Building Safety Requirements.

Restaurants such as DaVinci Italian Eatery, LongHorn Steakhouse, El Rodeo, Black n Bleu, Dukes Bar & Grille, and Cork & Fork Osteria are all allowing customers to dine-in. Some of them have implemented a curbside pickup and/or delivery service into their routines.

Nevertheless, there are some restaurants who are currently not permitting diners to eat inside of their building. These places include Taco Bell, Freshido, Chick-fil-A, Neato Burrito, Chalit’s Thai Bistro, Bangkok Wok, and Sapporo East. Applebee’s is permanently closed.

Chick-fil-A recently went under construction for six weeks. The kitchen was expanded, heaters were added to the drive-through to keep outside workers warm, a door was added to make the food delivery easier, and the roof was expanded to shelter workers from the rain.

Chick-fil-A employee Tori DeVere said, “The changes that were made really helped make things more efficient, and it’s also safer now. We don’t let people in, and all of the employees always have a mask on,” and, “We were trying to do carry-out, but that was really dangerous for us because of all the cars in the parking lot.” DeVere thinks eventually the restaurant will go back to having a dine-in option, but for now, the drive-through is all they offer.

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