Coronavirus: Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, Starbucks closing dining rooms

Drive-throughs, mobile orders still available

ORLANDO, Fla. – Several restaurants are making adjustments to lower the number of people who gather at their eateries in an effort to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide will temporarily close its dining rooms in an effort to reduce COVID-19 exposure through social distancing.

The company made the announcement Sunday on its website.

“Our highest priority continues to be the health and well-being of everyone who comes into our restaurants. As we navigate the evolving impact of coronavirus on our communities, we are temporarily closing our dining room seating to help limit person-to-person contact. Some of our restaurants may only offer service through our drive-thrus, while others may be able to offer takeout, delivery or mobile order options. Thanks for your patience. We know these are challenging times, but we’ll continue to do our best to serve you.”

Customers can still purchase items by using the restaurants’ drive-throughs, takeout, delivery or mobile order options, according to Chick-fil-A.

Vice President Mike Pence said there would be an update on federal guidelines later today - regarding whether restaurants, bars and businesses should stay open.

Taco Bell closed its dining rooms and moved to drive-thru only. Starbucks also closed it’s seating area but people are still allowed to go inside to grab-and-go.

Some people were surprised when the changes went into affect this morning at Chick-Fil-A on Colonial Drive in Orlando.

“I was shocked to be honest. I actually parked and walked in and the door was locked," Chris Maes, a Chick-Fil-A customer, said Monday. “I noticed that it’s good practice and I guess it’s for the best... to keep us all safe, right?”

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Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.

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