Restaurants required to limit service due to COVID-19

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PARIS Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – On The Tracks Cafe, a small family owned restaurant, is now limiting service to drive through and pick up only, after an announcement Friday by the Illinois Governor.

“This is another hard step to take. I know how difficult this will be on small businesses around the state. But we must do everything we can to safeguard the health of the citizens of Illinois, and that requires this urgent action,” Governor J.B Pritzker said.

Since Friday, the cafe owner and manager have been preparing for the change in business.

Owner, Dustin Reed mentioned the business was in the process of adapting to the new regulations.

“We have been dealt this, these are the rules we have to play by as a small business, and if it does help keep things from spreading so rapidly then we’ll do our part.”

He said, he doesn’t know if it will be enough in the next couple of weeks, but that they have to try and trust that the community will support them.

Manager Carla Fancher agreed, and adds, a positive attitude will help along the way.

“It’s all going to come out in the wash. It’s all going to come out. It’s going to be fine in a couple weeks just bear with us.”

Fancher said in the next couple of weeks she wants to be able look back and say she did everything she could to keep spirits high.

“We have to do some big changes, the change of not having people coming into the restaurant, so we’re gonna go out to them. My son and I are going to be out delivering food.”

Indiana made the announcement to follow suit Monday and set strict limitations to bars and restaurants beginning Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Included in the restrictions is workout facilities and movie theaters.

Grand Traverse Pie Company manager Stephen Huddleston said small businesses will be impacted, but managers will do what they can to help their employees through it.

“I’ll split up the schedules to the point where, hopefully, everyone can get some hours, so they have a weekly paycheck coming in in addition to whatever else we can do for them.”

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