How businesses are handling Covid-19

Debra Garcia, Features Editor

With the Covid-19 international pandemic occurring, life as we know it, communities and businesses are being affected. All over the country all businesses, big or small, have had to change their policies to accommodate the outbreak. 

   Restaurants have been forced to close their dining areas, change business hours and now only offer curbside pickup, drive-thrus or delivery. If the doors are open, then the seating area is closed off and tape indicates consumers where to stand so they are six feet apart from employees. This is how “Moe’s Southwest Mexican Grill” has adapted to the pandemic. 

    Now employees are being told to take extra precautions for their safety. They wear masks and gloves full time and try to keep six feet away from customers as much as possible. “Publix” even has workers sanitizing shopping carts with disinfectant wipes.  

   Grocery stores seem to be the only type of “normal” businesses open. They are open with regular hours, with customers able to go in and out as they please. The only difference is both employees and consumers wearing masks, keeping six feet apart.   

   Some businesses have had no choice but to shut their doors. All Walt Disney parks have furloughed their employees until the dangers of Covid-19 have dissipated.  According to Dessert News, Disney stated that “The impact of the novel coronavirus … and measures to prevent its spread are affecting our businesses in a number of ways. We have closed our theme parks; suspended our cruises and theatrical shows; delayed theatrical distribution of films both domestically and internationally.”

   Companies that are able to conduct their business over the phone have sent their employees to work from home. This includes but is not limited to USAA and Hillsborough Community College. 

   Media workers are also working from home. TV news anchors and radio DJs record themselves at home, while on the spot reporters use special microphones that allow them to remain six feet apart from the interviewee.