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Managers close restaurant after customers don't social distance

Managers at an iconic Wisconsin drive-in restaurant said they closed this weekend due to a lack of social distancing.

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Managers at an iconic Wisconsin drive-in restaurant said they closed this weekend due to a lack of social distancing.

"There was people backing in next to each other and stuff. Like back to back. And getting out and congregating in between cars and stuff," customer Joshua Coggon said.

The owner of the Kiltie Drive-in left picnic tables stacked up Monday as a message to customers to stay in their cars.

"We're trying to take this social distancing thing seriously. So that we can stay open to service you," Hannah Roraff said.

She added that visitors should not congregate amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Photos from Saturday night showed a long line of cars.

"We want you to be here. We want you to be excited that we're open. But we can't stay open if you guys don't stay in your cars," Roraff said.

Because of health risks, managers told the wait staff to stop taking orders.

Coggon said he stayed in his car when we was at the Kiltie.

"If an officer would have drove through the lot or something," he said. "Then the owner would have gotten questions and either gotten fined or got warned."

"We were telling them from the window, 'Please, you can't be out of your cars. Please go back to your cars.' They weren't really listening," Roraff said. "They're still out here socializing, and we're like, 'We've got to call it.'"

Customer Mark Prange said he was not surprised.

"People are just anxious to get out and I think people feel if they're outside, they feel different about their social distancing. Which may not be correct," he said.

"We don't want our employees to get sick either. We just told them, 'Alright, we've got to close,'" Roraff said.

Employees are wearing gloves and face masks.

The restaurant remains open for curbside and pickup service.