Restaurants adjust, communities rally support during Coronavirus pandemic

Updated: Mar. 24, 2020 at 6:12 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Coronavirus crisis is hitting the restaurant industry particularly hard.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey ordered all restaurants in the state to halt their dine-in services, meaning they can offer curbside or delivery options only. Sales are down, and many workers in the industry have been put on hold or already lost their jobs.

All of this means restaurants are forced to come up with new ideas to keep customers coming back, and keep their business in business.

The owners of Cahawba House Restaurant in Montgomery have made a big shift in the items they offer. The regular menu is still available, to-go orders from this menu are still encouraged.

Now, it also has what it calls the “Bama Bonafide Bodega” where you can find produce, juices, dry goods, even cleaning and paper products.

While these restaurants work to figure out a new way of doing business, we’re seeing communities rally around them.

In Montgomery, a new website and mobile app are working together to support eateries around the area by creating a streamlined source to find restaurants that are open for take-out, curbside pick-up or delivery. Both the website and the app even allow you to add restaurants to the list.

The Alabama Department of Public Health continues to update the number of positive coronavirus numbers across the state.

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ADPH has created a new testing hotline to provide information about available testing sites and hours of operation. Callers will be asked for their zip code to help locate the site nearest them. The number is 888-264-2256.

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