Despite relaxed coronavirus restrictions, Chick-fil-A won't reopen dining rooms

Chick-fil-A said it needs ‘additional time’ before it will reopen its dining rooms

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Chick-fil-A won’t be opening its dining rooms even though some states are easing business restrictions in an effort to reopen the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Thursday, the Atlanta-based company posted a statement on its website saying that even though its dining rooms will remain closed the restaurant chain will continue to operate its drive-thru, curbside pick-up and delivery options.

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“Safe service is our top priority,” the statement said. “As some states begin to ease restrictions on the closure of local businesses, we are going to take additional time to review our operations and ensure we have necessary precautions in place to protect our Guests and Team Members before we reopen our dining rooms.”

In Georgia, dine-in restaurants will be allowed to open Monday, Nation’s Restaurant News reported on Friday.

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Restaurants who do open their dining rooms will have to follow guidelines that include limiting to 10 guests for every 500 square feet of space, requiring employees to wear masks and banning handshakes.

An employee gestures to a car to pick up their food at a drive-thru at a Chick-fil-A amid the coronavirus outbreak in Pembroke Pines, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

According to Nation’s Restaurant News, Georgia has already started easing restrictions by allowing tattoo parlors, gyms and salons to reopen Friday.

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Earlier this week, Chick-fil-A announced it would establish a $10.8 million community relief fund for local Chick-fil-A franchises affected by the coronavirus-led economic downturn across the country.

The money will be distributed through a network of more than 1,800 independent owner-operators and will be made available through June 2020.

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