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Restaurants taking steps to ease coronavirus fears

Posted at 7:56 PM, Mar 09, 2020

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — At Ozona Blue Grilling Company, there are hand sanitizer stations around every corner.

“We’ve kicked it up a notch by implementing hand sanitizers throughout the restaurant throughout the kitchen," said owner Chris Fragale.

You’ll find them at the entrance, next to tables and by the bathroom.

“Even our menus get sanitized as they come back from the guests handling them," said Fragale.

Ozona Blue depends on Palm Paper Supply in Holiday to get its cleaning supplies.

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Owner Bob Tait says it’s been a challenge keeping up with demand in recent weeks.

“Manufactures are having a really tough time fulfilling order so we are being told some orders we’ve placed are on back order for months," said Tait.

That’s why Palm Paper is having to find others ways to get supplies.

They are working with Gator chemical manufacturing in Sarasota, a company now producing hand sanitizer in bulk.

“The key is to make sure you have that alcohol content, gotta have that 62% alcohol content for your sanitizers.”

Even though Tait is confident the virus concerns will pass, he is worried businesses could effected if fears keep people home.

“We are just trying to protect ourselves and make sure the necessary products to make sure our customers are taken care of and their customers are taken care of.”

The added cleaning measures don’t seem to be a temporary action.

At Ozona Blue, they plan to keep everything in place permanently.