Coping with Covid 19: Pizza Zone
With the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic wreaking havoc across the globe, it seems no one is immune from making major changes in their lives both personally and professionally. Beech Tree News (BTN) is grateful for other businesses in our community that, when facing challenges related to Covid-19, have risen to be a bright spot during a difficult time. Recently, BTN asked many local businesses how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted them. Below is part four in a series of articles featuring those businesses that have responded. In this article, we feature Pizza Zone.
On Monday, March 16, Governor Andy Beshear ordered all restaurants across Kentucky to close their dining rooms. Due to this, restaurants began to scramble to find creative ways to continue to safely serve their customers. Pizza Zone owner Dale Willis indicates that he and his staff have made several changes to their service. Not only are customers not allowed to dine in, but Willis has closed the restaurant to the public all together, with employees bringing orders directly to patron’s vehicles. More precautions are being taken on delivery orders as well. If patron’s order online and pay in advance, deliveries can be completely no contact. “Our online orders have increased,” Willis says.
Willis also indicates that he and his staff are going above what is required for safe food prep. One example, Willis says, is in handwashing.” We wash our hands more than food prep guidelines require.”
Unfortunately, Willis says, sales have fallen by nearly half and employee hours have been cut by 30 to 50%. Willis, like other business owners who have responded, reminds the community to shop local and assures that he and his employees are making safe food prep and delivery to the customer their top priority.
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