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Royal Oak makes 30-minute street parking free to help restaurants during coronavirus closures

Eateries scramble to adapt to changes

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Royal Oak is making street parking free for 30 minutes so people can pickup food from restaurants during closures ordered because of coronavirus.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order limiting bars and restaurants to carryout orders on Monday, leading some eateries to turn to curbside pickup.

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The change has impacted people across the state as businesses scramble to change how they operate.

“We’re trying to be able to have as many people work carryout shifts as possible, or cleaning shifts, whatever we can do to get them in making money and others on unemployment,” said Jenna Derrig, the owner of Mesa. “Then we’re going to supplement their income and make them as whole as possible.”

The free parking will last while dining-in is prohibited so people can continue to work.

“These businesses desperately need it; the people that work there desperately need it,” said Corrigan O’Donohue, the Royal Oak police chief.

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How COVID-19 Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

Prevention & Treatment

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

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People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

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