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COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is taking the world by storm.
While larger cities remain on quarantine, smaller cities such as Post have mostly continued daily life as normal.
Over the course of last week, multiple Post businesses have taken to social media to console and reassure costumers.
“In response to the coronavirus, we have taken additional measures to ensure that our guests’ safety and security is our highest priority when you stay with us,” Hotel Garza stated. “We are being very diligent in our efforts to stay updated with any recommendations from the CDC as well as local authorities and health organizations.”
Hotel Garza also said that they have been taking extra precautionary measures to ensure cleanliness.
“We have provided hand sanitizers that are available to all guests in public areas and have provided antibacterial hand soap at each sink and bathroom,” they stated. “We have increased our cleaning frequencies of public areas such as the lobby, eating areas and library and will continue to clean common surfaces such as doorknobs often.”
As well as Hotel Garza, Garza County Animal Hospital announced that they will be open their normal hours as well, but respect any customers wishes to wait in their vehicles.
“Diligent sanitizing has always been in our daily practices,” Garza County Animal Hospital stated. “However, if you prefer to wait in your vehicle when you arrive for your appointment, we can come get your pet from the car. Just let the girls know when you check in.”
Post Nursing and Rehab has also commented, stating only essential caregivers will be allowed inside until April 30. Read more about Post Nursing and Rehab’s statement on page 7.
Local restaurants, such as The Wagon BBQ, announced that they will also be open, but have made necessary accommodations.
“We have made some changes to make things safe,” they stated. “We will curbside service as well. Please call in your orders if you prefer.”
Corporate restaurants, such as McDonalds, have taken a different approach.
On March 16, the restaurant began taking straws, napkins and tea containers to the back so that customers could not freely handle them, and, on March 17, McDonalds closed their doors to customers, only offering drive through services and take-out.
“We will close restaurant seating areas, PlayPlaces, self-service beverage bars and kiosks,” the company stated. “The health and safety of our community is our top priority.”
Pizza Hut promised to take sanitary measures as well stating, “We’ve increased the frequency of our already strict cleaning procedures at high touch point areas in our restaurants… We’ve also enhanced our already stringent hand hygiene, cleaning and sanitizing procedures and reemphasized the importance of our brand health standards and protocols.”
United Supermarkets has adopted “Senior Shopping Hours” in which seniors, 60 years in age and up, can shop in the store Monday through Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m., uninterrupted by large crowds.
“As the situation around coronavirus has developed, we have been and will continue to monitor all information locally, nationally and globally so we can plan how to best serve you,” they stated.
Senior Shopping Hours at United is set to start Thursday, March 19.
Dollar General has also addressed the issue saying they are committed to providing customers and employees with a safe, clean and pleasant shopping environment. They have also implemented suggested senior shopping hours.
“Beginning Tuesday, March 17, we are strongly encouraging our first hour of operations be dedicated to our senior shopper,” they stated. “Additionally, all stores will close an hour earlier in order for employees to clean and restock shelves as well as for their health and wellbeing.”
As all businesses continue to take precautionary safety measures, small corporations remind that they need continuous backing during this trying time.
“Let’s be kind,” Garza County Animal Hospital said. “Support your local, small businesses, and check on your elderly neighbors during this uncertain time.”
This article was written on March 17; therefore, some statuses of businesses may have changed in the time it took to publicize