As Texas prepares to reopen restaurants, 15 Chick-fil-A employees in the state tested positive for COVID-19 last week, according to local news reports.
12NewsNow reported that more than 100 employees from two Beaumont, Texas, Chick-fil-A locations were tested for COVID-19, and 15 of them tested positive. Both of the units have been closed for several days, the station said.
Chick-fil-A said on its website that as states begin to ease restrictions, the company will “take additional time to review our operations and ensure we have necessary precautions in place to protect our Guests and Team Members before we reopen our dining rooms.” The fast-food chain converted operations to takeout, curbside, and delivery.
The brand installed outdoor handwashing stations to allow employees who work outside to wash their hands every 30 minutes. In addition, the company sent thermometers to operators to monitor the health of employees and mandated that high-touch areas be cleaned every 30 minutes.
On Monday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced phase one of reopening, which will allow restaurants to open dining rooms at 25 percent of capacity this Friday.
"This strategic approach to opening the state of Texas prioritizes the health and safety of our communities and follows the guidelines laid out by our team of medical experts," Abbott said in a statement. "Now more than ever, Texans must remain committed to safe distancing practices that reduce the spread of COVID-19, and we must continue to rely on doctors and data to provide us with the safest strategies to restore Texans' livelihoods.”
Alaska, Georgia, and Tennessee have already reopened restaurants under restrictions, and more states plan to do the same either this week or early next week.