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Restaurants and businesses in Ohio continue to adapt amid COVID-19 restrictions

Posted at 10:35 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 13:54:38-04

LYNDHURST, Ohio — While some businesses, like gyms, tattoo parlors, and hair salons have been ordered to close, some restaurants and bars remain open with permission to serve customers through take out or delivery.

But Governor Mike DeWine said he has received complaints from workers across the state, accusing their employers of putting them in unsafe work conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.

“This simply must stop. I implore you please do what is right,” Governor DeWine said. “The bad behavior, the reckless behavior must stop and I congratulate all those who are making a difference every day. Business who are mindful of what they need to do to protect their employees.”

Now, some businesses are making more changes to comply with ordered safety precautions like social distancing.

“Starting tomorrow we will use text features in order to address our clients and let them know from a timely perspective when to come in to get their food,” said Black Box Fix Co-Owner LaRese Purnell. “You have to put some technology and put some procedures in place so you don’t have crowds.”

The restaurant has already taken precautions due to COVID-19.

“It’s been rough for a lot of businesses, but we stayed the course,” Chef Eric Rogers said. “We’re sanitizing every hour and just doing the right things to make sure we’re doing our part to abide by what the governor is putting and just doing the right things for our customers.”

All staff, including those working the cash register, now wear gloves to fill and complete to-go orders.

In the meantime, they’re asking customers to to be patient and lend support as continue to adapt.

“The sad thing is some businesses will never some back from this,” Purnell said.

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