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Restaurants taking extra precautions for coronavirus concerns

Posted at 7:12 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 20:12:35-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Many businesses have felt the impact of the coronavirus concerns, including restaurants. Lots of locations have made changes to their daily routine which they hope will stop the spread of the disease while also keeping customers coming in.

Like any popular restaurant, Block16 has its regulars.

"My meal was amazing, great," said Lukiss Simpson a Block16 frequent visitor.

He noticed a change on Friday when getting lunch. Hand sanitizer was placed on the front of the door.

"That's smart, definitely be aware and protect yourself from any people that ain't as clean maybe as you," said Simpson.

The change was made in regards to the coronavirus concerns.

"We're doing everything we can to make people feel safe, as are other restaurants in Omaha," said Paul Urban, Owner of Block16.

Other changes were made as well. Instead of staff handing out order numbers, orders are called by name. Bigger cups are given out to stop refills, and employees now hands customers their silverware instead of it being in a tray.

"You don't know who might of touched this fork or that fork, and same with no refills of the cup because that could contaminate the fountain drinks," said Simpson.

The announcement of big events being canceled will greatly impact lots of businesses, who were just prepping for their busiest time of the year.

"We were looking at a pretty crazy summer with everything coming to town and I mean it's just something you really don't think about," said Urban.

Now local eateries are stressing if you don't want to go out to eat, take out and delivery remain options.

"Obviously all the mom and pop businesses, not just including restaurants, need community support right now," said Jessica Urban, Owner of Block16.

Restaurants are also recommending the use of other food delivery services like Doordash and Grubhub if you choose to not go out to eat.