Fast food restaurants hope to stay open with takeout and drive-thru

Fast food restaurants hope to stay open with takeout and drive-thru
McDonalds drive-thru (Source: WVIR)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - With Governor Ralph Northam’s strict guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic, some restaurants are shutting down while others are hoping to stay open by offering takeout, delivery, and drive-thru service.

“We’re doing takeout only inside and drive-thru of course, but we also are closing at 7 o’clock and the drive-thru is still open till 11 p.m.,” Margaret Shiflett, a manager at McDonalds, said.

Fast food services like McDonald’s have had to cut their staff because of the change in hours. “We try to keep as many as we can, so our employees are being able to make money,” says Shiflett.

That can be a challenging task. Staff at Krispy Kreme have actually seen a decrease in the amount of service.

“We’ve had about a 50% decrease before,” Emily Wimer, a manager at Krispy Kreme, said.

One way these business are staying safe is cleaning as much as possible.

“We wear gloves when people come through and are touching cash,” says Wimer. “We wash our hands after taking the gloves off. We use hand sanitizer every few minutes, just to make sure we’re not spreading it.”

“[We’re] cleaning down and wiping down every so many times a shift, so many times, that your hands almost get sore from cleaning so much,” says Shiflett.

We have compiled a list of restaurants offering take-out and delivery during the coronavirus pandemic, check it out here.

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