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Restaurant workers weigh in on spike in coronavirus cases

Panama City WJHG-TV logo Panama City WJHG-TV 6/25/2020 Gretchen Kernbach
a sign on a wooden table: Signs at Moe's Original BBQ remind customers to social distance. © Provided by Panama City WJHG-TV Signs at Moe's Original BBQ remind customers to social distance.

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Coronavirus cases continue to surge in Florida.

“I’m not really surprised, unfortunately,” Moe’s Original BBQ owner Will Casanova said.

Restaurant workers said they’re continuing to play it safe.

“We’re still running 50% capacity inside. We’re also taking additional guidelines ourselves,” Casanova said. “We used to have pagers to call people because we’re fast-casual dining, so instead we’re just doing names to eliminate contact.”

At Moe’s Original BBQ, other additional guidelines include giving out individual to-go sauces.

Down the road at All American Diner, they too plan to keep on keeping on.

“I’m fairly confident we can stay where we’re at as long as everyone continues to social distance and wash their hands, and disinfecting,” All American Diner waitress Kelly Roche said. “Only thing we can do is just continue to keep everything sanitized. that’s what you have to do.”

As coronavirus cases continue to spike in Florida, it proves as a reminder restaurant employees may also be positive. Just this past week, that was the case for Panama City Beach’s Firefly.

“We wanted to try and get ahead of it as quick as we could,” Firefly owner Dave Trepanier said.

Management learned a few employees tested positive for COVID-19 late Tuesday and immediately closed the restaurant down Wednesday and Thursday for deep cleaning.

All employees will be tested twice before returning to work. PanCare was out in the parking lot Thursday for the second round of testing. The restaurant hopes to reopen Friday.

“At the end of the day you just never know. It’s crazy times we live in right now, so we all can just do the best we can do,” Trepanier said.

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