Chick-fil-A, Starbucks close all dining room seating in response to coronavirus

The point of this move is to help limit person-to-person contact
Posted at 7:11 AM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 07:31:45-04

Chick-fil-A announced on Sunday that it will be temporarily closing dining room seating in all of their restaurants across the US amid coronavirus concerns.

Their website says that some of its restaurants may only offer service through the drive-thrus, while others may be able to offer takeout, delivery or mobile order options.

The point of this move is to help limit person-to-person contact, says their website.

On Friday, playgrounds were closed to help focus heightened sanitation efforts and guests were no longer offered a printed receipt.

On Sunday, Starbucks also said it was "pausing the use of all seating" at its locations, including "cafe and patio" areas. Customers will still be able to place orders at counters, through the company's app and at drive-thrus. Customers can still place delivery orders.

The chain also said it was modifying the condiment bars at all of its stores.

Starbucks also announced "temporary closures for company-owned stores in high-social gathering locations, such as malls and university campuses."