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Coronavirus spread causes Billings restaurants to add new precautions

Posted at 3:46 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 20:03:44-04

Amid the spread of the coronavirus, delivery restaurants in Bilings are taking precautions to ensure that no germs are spread and employee-customer contact is limited.

The Billings Jimmy John’s franchise owner has a unique approach to these precautions.

“As of today, the dining areas are closed, you can’t eat in the store, but you can come in and pickup,” said franchise owner Jeff Yeley on Tuesday.

On Monday, Yellowstone County Health Officer John Felton ordered the closure of all bars, restaurants and casino countywide in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Montana has risen by two since yesterday to eight but, there have been no deaths linked to the virus in the state. Two cases have been reported in Yellowstone County.

Delivery drivers in Billings are abiding by a “no-contact delivery” policy, Yeley said.

Customers can order online or through the Jimmy John’s app and pay ahead of time. Orders will be dropped off at the front door, and at the request of the customers, calls can be made to notify them that their food has been delivered.

Yeley said he wants the community to know that even though the virus seems to spreading, the Billings Jimmy John’s locations are ready and prepared to serve.