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As coronavirus settles into Bay Area, remote work and food delivery gain ground

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1of4Prubechu co-owner Shawn Camacho (center) checks tables in S.F. He is reconsidering his stance against offering delivery.Photo: Paul Kuroda / Special to The Chronicle A remote workforce. Frequent handwashing. Delivering food, rather than expecting people to come to a restaurant.

“We always stayed away from delivery apps,” said Shawn Camacho, owner of the Guamanian restaurant Prubechu in the Mission. But with the coronavirus starting to make diners wary of going out, he’s reconsidering, even though some delivery services take a 30% cut.

“We’re considering what our options would be if people stayed home for four to six weeks,” he said, noting that his business has seen three to four reservations canceled a day for the past three weeks.

In the delivery world, things are also changing. Drivers that work for San Rafael’s Moonflower Delivery cannabis company are being encouraged to look out for their health, according to company co-owner Alexa Wall.

“We’ve told all our drivers to wash their hands thoroughly upon returning to the facility, before packing a batch of orders, and after any time we touch cash,” Wall wrote in an email. (The cannabis industry is dependent on cash, since many banks refuse to handle payments for such businesses.)

She said no drivers had refused to work yet over virus concerns and that if there is a government-ordered quarantine, the company expects an increase in demand, since retail dispensaries won’t be easily accessible.

At companies across the Bay Area, more people are avoiding business travel — and some people are not going to […]

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