Some stores, restaurants closed or curbside

By JOSH TROY / PRESS REGISTER,

Walmart has not closed and shoppers continue to come in seeking -- well, toilet paper.

"We are open and we have items on the shelf," said Walmart manager Sam Conner. "We get trucks everyday and stock it when we get it."

Conner said carts are being wiped and handtowels are available at the door. Customers in the store were observed with masks on and keeping a distance from others.

The store is allowing people in as normal, despite a ban by the city of gatherings of 10 or more.

Save A Lot in Clarksdale said they too, have trucks arrive daily.

"I've been surprised this time with what people are buying," said Save A Lot store manager Sherman Cain. "We have food, but this time it's cleaning supplies and paper products.

Both Cain and Conner said snow, hurricanes and tornadoes often prompt a run on bread and milk but this time it is different.

Both also said they don't tuck any product back for special customers and when it goes on the aisle, it goes on sale

 

Restaurants

Yazoo Pass closed at 3 p.m. Thursday for the next two weeks.

"Our plan is to monitor the situation and as soon as possible we will reopen," the restaurant said in an Email blast. "This is a hard choice but the safety of our great staff and the community at large is foremost in our minds."

Yazoo Pass is the downtown's coffe spot and a favorite for shoppers and professionals working in downtown offices. Yazoo Pass was offering curbside pickup until today.

Ground Zero Blues Club on Delta Avenue is only serving customers with takeout and outside delivery in an effort to keep the coronavirus from spreading.

“We’re announcing a new schedule for takeout and curbside delivery,” said Ground Zero Blues Club co-owner Bill Luckett. “In other words, you’ve got to call to our main phone number.

“We are effectively closing the bar and nighttime entertainment. We’re not going to have in-house dining.”

Luckett said, since no more than 10 individuals are supposed to get together for a gathering, it would be hard for Ground Zero Blues Club to open the bar and have nighttime entertainment.

He said plate lunches and dinners will be served and likely open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays beginning next week. Orders can be placed by calling 662-621-9009 and more information can be found at www.groundzerobluesclub.com

“Personally, I am of the opinion this is going to be a whole lot longer than a few weeks,” Luckett said. “I hope I’m wrong.

“We’re just monitoring closely and seeing what’s reported by both national and local news.

“We’re trying to keep as much staff working as we can and still provide the service. We’re not going to allow people to dine inside, but they can pick it up or we’ll bring it out to them.”

Luckett said Ground Zero Blues Club will be prepared when the place goes back to its normal operation.

“We’re going to use common sense and be smart about it,” he said. “We’ll adhere to what the health departments are telling us what we need to do.”

Restaurants that are remaining open are still taking precautions to keep customers safe.

Our Grandma’s House of Pancakes owner Archie Buford said he has not adjusted the restaurant’s schedule, but he would deliver food to customers who did not want to eat in a public place.

“You’re going to sanitize the place, keep everything bleached down and wiped down,” Buford said. “That’s a requirement. And then, if the guests want to carryout silverware to eat with, we recommend it. We’re not going to be embarrassed about giving the guests carryout silverware instead of regular silverware.”

So far, Buford said business has not been impacted.

“No one is really getting into panic yet,” he said. “We’ll be curbside, if necessary.”

Kenny Patel, one of the managers of the Subways in Clarksdale, announced hours of operation would change beginning Wednesday. The location on South State Street, which had opened at 7 a.m., will be in operation from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Subway at Walmart will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Subway is also doing extra to keep the place clean.

“We use sanitizer,” Patel said. “We use everything to clean up on the dresser. When people touch by hand, we will clean up everything on there.”

Patel specifically said when anyone touches the credit card machine or tables, they are wiped down immediately.

“Employees must clean hands with every single sandwich made and hand wash with soap and everything and then take another customer,” Patel said.

Patel said all sick employees are sent home immediately.

When a customer is sick, he said a meal could still be ordered online and he or she could have food delivered curbside.

Patel also encouraged sick customers to order their food from the Subway on South State Street, so they would not have to walk inside a building and come in contact with others.

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