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Restaurants adapting after Gov. Abbott's order shuts down "dining in"

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Thursday, limiting social gatherings of more than 10 and closing all dine-in restaurants and bars, in an effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Not every business is immediately equipped for drive through or delivery. But many restaurants are working quickly to adapt. 

Brad Spicer, the regional partner for West Texas for Abuelo's, said the restaurant will serve customers any way it can outside its two front doors while complying with these restrictions.

"Our plan is just to maximize as much as we can on off-premise sales, to-go, delivery, pick-up," Spicer said.

Customers can order through its website, Spicer said, and it is offering a discount through the end of the month.

"Another thing I'd recommend is our party packs, family packs. They're really large for what they cost, that way you can feed your family for a couple days and not have to leave," Spicer said.

Stevan Walker, the city's environmental health coordinator, said the governor's order is to minimize human contact as much as possible, a precaution many restaurant owners are taking seriously. Walker said his office has received several calls asking about the measures they need to take.

"They're concerned about what they need to be doing," Walker said. "They're doing their best and they're doing a good job with complying with the executive orders that have come out."

If a restaurant employee were to develop symptoms of COVID-19, they would need to call the health department, Walker said.

"First thing we'd need to know is were they actually symptomatic while they are working at the restaurant. Of course, they would need to self-isolate...the rest of the employees would be asked to self-monitor," Walker said.

Spicer said residents have shown them tremendous support over the years and during this time.

The executive order lasts through April 3. It may later be extended.

"When this is over with, I think we'll see restaurants like we've never have come back, the ones that make it through it," Spicer said.

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