Ohio State University classmates Laurel Mattia and Madison Gotlieb decided to grab lunch March 17 in German Village, but they had to eat it outside.

That's because Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has banned dine-in service at public places for fear of spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The juniors -- Mattia is scheduled to graduate this spring because of college credits she earned in high school -- ordered carryout at Katzinger's Delicatessen, 475 S. Third St.

They said they didn't mind the lack of accommodations because the temperatures were cool, but not frigid.

Ohio State has canceled in-school classes because of COVID-19 concerns, leaving Mattia and Gotlieb with more time on their hands than they expected.

"It hasn't been that long, so it's not that unusual," Mattia said of so many events being canceled and businesses closed. "But the longer it goes, it will get weird."

At Niko's Barber Shop, owner Niko Prokos was trimming the hair of customer Brian Cho, a logistics tech for a delivery service.

"I'm definitely worried," Cho said of COVID-19. "That's what we talk about at work. Still, got to get the basics done."

Prokos, whose shop is at 499 S. Third St., said he's unfazed by the virus.

"It's being aware, not being afraid -- just living," Prokos said.

He said he and his staff are disinfecting surfaces as often as possible. Prokos said he has allowed employees who were afraid of getting infected to stay home.

The German Village Society Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St., is closed to all visitors, package delivery pickup has been suspended and employees began working from home March 21, according to the organization's website, german village.com/covid-19-pandemic-response.

Officials said services such as technical support, membership assistance and related matters can be conducted over the phone or email, whenever possible, until the state of emergency is lifted.

The Book Loft, one of German Village's most iconic retail spots, closed its doors to customers starting March 18.

However, the bookstore is offering curbside pickup, free delivery within 5 miles and free shipping, marketing manager Gary Lively said.

The store, 631 S. Third St., also will feature livestreaming events, such as book readings and messages from staff, Lively said.

He said he is unsure when the business will reinstate regular hours. Customers can check for regular updates at bookloft.com. Most of the store's inventory also is online, so people can select books remotely, Lively said.

"It's very weird," he said of the coronavirus' effect on business. "It's a strange feeling to walk into the Book Loft and not stand face-to-face with 100 people, which is usually how it is at the Book Loft."

Stauf's Coffee Roasters, 627 S. Third St., shortened business hours to 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Customers have been stocking up on large orders and buying bulk coffee beans during the health crisis, team manager Sophia Saunders said March 17.

"People have been generous with tips because they feel sorry for us," Saunders said.

Patrons could still get a Bahama Mama and cream puffs at Schmidt's Sausage Haus und Restaurant.

"Carryout business has been decent," said Carla Epler, COO of the restaurant, 240 E. Kossuth St.

Epler said the company has been trying to shuffle staff to keep as many people employed as possible.

On March 21, Schmidt's ceased carryout service, but its food trucks are operating.

Back at Katzinger's on St. Patrick's Day, corned beef was proving to be the big seller two days after DeWine prohibited dine-in services at restaurants, which are still allowed to serve carryout customers and fill delivery orders.

"We've been really busy with carryout orders all day," said Stefanie Cora, retail manager.

"I would definitely say our business has dropped off. We're going to stay open as long as we can."

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