Fayette Mall Chick-fil-A closed until Monday after large number of illnesses
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A spike in employee illnesses has led to the Chick-fil-A inside Fayette Mall to close for days.
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says the restaurant decided to voluntarily close because of a high number of employees calling in sick.
"There's no indication that this is Hepatitis A. You hear restaurant, you hear sick and you hear Kentucky, that's going to be the first thing you think of, but this isn't Hepatitis A, but this is a good time to remind people, wash your hands," Kevin Hall, with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, said. "The symptoms employees have had been gastrointestinal, so cramps, diarrhea, general sickness that comes when maybe you have eaten something bad."
The restaurant expected to re-open Friday, but managers opted to keep it closed to deep clean the restaurant and sanitize equipment.
"Yesterday, we voluntarily closed the restaurant at Fayette Mall as soon as multiple employees reported symptoms of being ill. Additionally, we proactively notified the health department to investigate the situation and they have confirmed that we have taken every necessary action to protect the well-being of our guests and team members. We’ve decided to keep the restaurant closed a little longer to ensure sanitization, and look forward to serving guests again soon," Chick-fil-A operator Tyler Bruce said in a statement.
Chick-fil-A will allow the health department to inspect the restaurant prior to it opening Monday. No other Fayette Mall restaurants have reported similar illnesses.