Whole countries have gone on lockdown, shuttering restaurants, bars and nightlife venues. And in the U.S., several cities and states have ordered restaurants and bars to limit or close their on-premise operations. So far, these include Washington, Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Kentucky, Louisiana, Indiana, Ohio, California, some Pennsylvania counties and cities like Anchorage, Denver, Los Angeles. On Tuesday, shelter-in-place orders were given to residents of two of America’s largest cities, in New York and San Francisco.
Some brands have responded by voluntarily closing their dining rooms. Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Shake Shack, Zaxby’s and others instead are turning to drive-thru, mobile ordering, take out and contactless payments to try and prevent the spread of the virus. Starbucks also said it would temporarily close stores in “high social gathering locations,” such as malls or university campuses, and reduce operating hours or temporarily close select units in high case communities like Seattle or New York.