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Franklin Barbecue Shutting Down After Employee Tests Positive For Coronavirus

A barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas, has decided to halt its operations after one of its employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

On Wednesday (June 24), the owners of Franklin Barbecue, Aaron and Stacy Franklin, announced on Facebook that the restaurant is shutting down for a few days because an employee tested positive for COVID-19, Kxan first reported.

Although the employee had not worked there for a week and was only doing a support role that does not involve interaction with clients, they are still closing their doors as a precautionary measure.

“Hey everyone, I’m afraid we have some unfortunate news to share. We learned this afternoon that a member of our crew at Franklin Barbecue tested positive for Covid-19. Although it has been a full week since the team member last worked at the restaurant, and the employee is in a support role that does not involve interacting with customers or working directly with our food, out of an abundance of caution we are going to close up shop for a few days,” the owners wrote in their post.

They added that they will be allotting this time to “professionally clean” the establishment and look after their employees. They then concluded their post by saying that they look forward to resuming next week.

The news comes two days after Harper’s Restaurant in East Lansing, Michigan, announced that it has decided to close its restaurant for modifications in light of the new outbreak in the area that’s been linked to their business.

Apparently, authorities found that at least 18 people have tested positive for the coronavirus after visiting the restaurant between June 12 and June 20. The Ingham County Health Department visited Harper’s last week after learning about two cases that were linked to the restaurant.

The management explained on social media why it was shutting down again after reopening at 50 percent capacity on June 8. They said that because of the reported cases, they are taking the time to modify their operations by eliminating lines and installing an air purifying technology that could get rid of the coronavirus and other germs.

“This closing will cause a hardship on many of our employees through the loss of wages that had just re-started. This at a time when they are just overcoming a three-month layoff. They have rent, mortgages, car payments, grocery bills and everyday living expenses to address. But we believe for the safety of all, it is the right thing to do,” the management added.

COVID-19 and restaurant reopening Health experts said that people should continue practicing social distancing and other safety measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in restaurants and bars. Pixabay

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