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Chick-fil-A to temporarily close dining room seating over coronavirus

The company said it's hoping the move will help slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting person-to-person contact.

ATLANTA — Chick-fil-A will be closing its dining rooms to help prevent person-to-person contact in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus in its locations nationwide.

The company said the move is only temporary and would take different forms at different locations. Some restaurants may only offer service through the drive-thrus while others may offer takeout, delivery or mobile ordering options.

On Friday, the company announced it would close its playgrounds and serve meals in carry-out packaging; though guests at that time could have still eaten at the restaurant.

The drive-thru also stopped offering a printed menu. The company said then that beverage refill service may also change though it's unclear what form that change could take.

In the state, the Georgia Department of Health said there are 99 cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday, March 15. Only one death has been reported.

The risk of contracting COVID-19 remains low, according to officials. At 11Alive, we’re focusing our news coverage on the facts and not the fear around the virus. To see our full coverage, visit our coronavirus section, here: www.khou.com/Coronavirus.

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