Editor's note: A lot happened this week, and the news surrounding the coronavirus pandemic changed rapidly each day in Dallas. Here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines.
1. Texas governor finally issues statewide shutdown of restaurants and bars. After avoiding the inevitable for more than a week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott finally shut down dining in restaurants and bars across the state of Texas, in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Abbott declared a public health disaster, also imposing statewide closures of schools, gyms, nursing homes, and retirement centers.
2. Dallas shuts down bars, gyms, theaters, to curb coronavirus spread. Going out for a cocktail is off the table: Days before the Texas governor's declaration, the city of Dallas closed all bars, as well as gyms, health clubs, and other venues that accommodate large groups.
3. These Dallas restaurants forced to close temporarily due to coronavirus. The coronavirus has had a horrid effect on every part of our lives, but perhaps the most horrifying impact has been felt by the food and beverage world, with the sudden and abrupt shutdown of an entire industry. Here are some of the Dallas restaurants that have already closed.
4. Kick COVID-19 to the curb by ordering takeout from these Dallas restaurants. Many Dallas restaurants offer food to-go, which you can pick up at the restaurant. Some are doing curbside delivery, where you pull up and they bring your order to your car. And many are using a third-party app, such as Uber Eats. Here's a list of restaurants by neighborhood, with more to come.
5. Dallas restaurants are doing good deeds even during COVID-19 crisis. Dallas' food and beverage industry is not only supremely hospitable, it's also consistently generous, always ready to rally 'round with charitable acts of kindness. That's even true during these cataclysmic times of the coronavirus, when thousands of people have suddenly lost their jobs. Here are some initiatives and random acts of kindness that have already surfaced in the DFW restaurant world.