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Businesses in Vermillion closing their doors voluntarily to help contain the spread of COVID-19

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VERMILLION, South Dakota (KTIV ) -- COVID-19 continues to disrupt life around the globe.

Restaurants, bars, cafes, and many other businesses are being forced to close to try to contain the spread of the virus.

Some businesses aren't waiting to be told to shut down.

Even though they don't have to yet, several restaurants in Vermillion, South Dakota are voluntarily closing their doors to sit-down dining, to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Cafe Brule and R-Pizza are two of those restaurants.

"We've always offered delivery and carry out and we have just kind of switched focus to now we are only offering those services, we are not offering dine-in right now," said Brandon King, owner of R-Pizza.

The owners of the two restaurants agree -- restricting people from dining-in is the best option for the sake of their community, and employees.

"We love Vermillion and we want to be around," said Monica Iverson, co-owner of Cafe Brule. "Honestly we just want to do what's best for the community, and our employees".

They say making the decision to shut their doors sooner than required will likely take a huge financial toll.

"At this point, we know we are going to lose money, we've kinda done our numbers to see what the difference will be, you know how much we dine in, and how much for our delivery and take out and we have seen it will take a huge hit," said Iverson.

The owner of R-Pizza says those in the restaurant industry have seen a huge decrease in their sales in the last couple of weeks.

On the plus side, both restaurants will still be offering take out, delivery, and curb-side service, and R-Pizza has added some new items to their menu.

"We have made your own at home pizza kits that we are offering to people who are maybe bored at home and looking for an activity at home as well as a dinner," said King.

The owners say they hope to see things come back to normal in the coming weeks.

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Xava Parra

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