Restaurants revamp to take-out, delivery, local businesses change hours or close to public

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Restaurants revamp to take-out, delivery, local businesses change hours or close to public

By MELISSA PERNER
The Ozona STockman

    Local restaurants got creative after they were forced to shut their dining rooms Friday due to COVID-19, coronavirus.
    Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order Friday that closed all dining rooms in restaurants. The order is allowing drive-through, take-out and delivery of meals.
    Ozona’s Sonic and Dairy Queen had closed their dining rooms prior to the order and are just drive-through only. Subway is also the same.
    All local restaurants, except Café Next Door and Snowflake Donuts, are open for take-out. Café Next Door has closed until further notice. Snowflake Donuts is closed for two weeks.
    El Chato’s Restaurant and Pepe’s Café are offering free delivery. Hitchin Post Steakhouse has set up their food truck at the corner of Avenue G and 11th Street for take-out orders. The restaurant location is also open for take-out orders.
    While restaurants have had to change the way they do business, grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and other retail outlets may remain open at ownership’s discretion.
    The governor’s orders have stated that employers who keep business open should limit onsite workers to “essential employees.”
    Lowe’s Grocery Store employees spent all night restocking the store last week after their supply truck arrived.
    The store has changed their hours to 8 a.m.-8 p.m. in order to have time to restock items.
    Also, the store is temporarily suspending their return policy. All sales are final and customers are limited to the quantities of some items.
Dollar General is closing at 10 p.m. to restock. Senior citizens, and those at-risk, will have priority shopping the first open hour.
Other businesses:
    • Crockett County Water District has closed their office to the public. Payments need to be mailed or left in the night drop. For any other business, call the office at (325) 392-2730 or (325) 392-3260.
    • Local banks have closed their lobbies but drive-through and motor banks are open.
    • Ozona Country Club is serving drinks and snacks through the window on the patio only. The clubhouse, including the bar, is closed until further notice. The men’s restroom can still be accessed through the outside door and the women’s restroom can be accessed through the outside door in the game room. The golf course remains open, but club officials are encouraging players to be in groups less than 10 and keep safe distances from each other.
    • Crockett County Museum is closed to the public until further notice.
    • West Central Wireless has closed their offices to the public, including the one in Ozona. Customers can call 1-800-695-9016, visit westcentral.com (chat is available) or email info@wcc.net.
    • The Texas Historical Commission has closed the visitor center at Fort Lancaster. The grounds and open spaces are open. The annual Western Frontier Day, scheduled for May 16, has been cancelled.
    • AEP is temporarily suspending all disconnections for non-payment as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread in our communities.
    • Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has warned retailers and retail suppliers against price gouging. Texans who believe they have encountered price gouging or disaster scams should call the Office of the Attorney General’s toll-free complaint line at (800) 621-0508 or file a complaint online at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/consumer-protection.

 

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