EASTON — The Chick-fil-A restaurant in Easton has temporarily closed “to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.”
Signs on the restaurants doors indicate the temporary closure. The restaurant’s usually busy drive-thru is also closed.
“We are temporarily closed,” the signs read. “Our restaurant is following CDC guidelines and taking precautions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we look forward to serving you again soon.”
Multiple persons with knowledge of the situation tell The Star Democrat that there have been as many as three COVID-19 cases among staff at the Chick-fil-A location.
A document from the Easton location’s management to employees confirms two COVID-19 cases among the restaurant’s staff. The communication also reminds employees of protocols and policies, including temperature checks, Chick-fil-A has in place at the location.
A representative from Chick-fil-A has declined comment on the situation at the Easton restaurant. Previously the Eastern Shore location cut its hours down to 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. That was effective Sept. 16.
The location temporarily closed starting Thursday, Sept. 17 with barriers blocking entry into the drive thru and parking lot. Current plans call for the Easton Chick-fil-A to be closed for 14 days with a professional cleaning crew hired to disinfect the restaurant, according to source familiar with the situation. The same source said plans are for employees to be paid during the temporary closure.
The Talbot County Health Department and Dr. Fredia Wadley, the county’s health officer, have also not responded to multiple requests for information on the Chick-fil-A situation.
The busy fast food restaurant is located at Marlboro Avenue and Easton Parkway.
Talbot County has 525 COVID-19 cases including five new ones in the last 24 hours. There have been nine COVID deaths in the county, according to the health department.