The world’s largest fast food chain is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by requiring customers to wear face masks while inside their restaurants.
According to an announcement released on Friday, the policy will be implemented on August 1.
“While nearly 82% of our restaurants are in states or localities that require facial coverings for both crew and customers today, it’s important we protect the safety of all employees and customers,” the statement said.
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The chain addressed the controversy surrounding face masks in the U.S. in its statement, adding that “solutions” would be found for those who are “unable or unwilling to wear a face covering.” No details were provided, but they said “we’ll put in place additional procedures to take care of them in a friendly, expedited way.”
The release said the chain was taking other safety measures in stores, including adding protective panels in the kitchen and dining areas. The company is also pausing dining room re-openings for an additional 30-days.
“This means we will not approve the re-opening of any additional dining rooms,” the statement said. “Locally, any dining room roll back decisions should be guided by state and local guidance.”
Chipotle Mexican Grill also announced a mandatory mask policy, and added the new policy to their website.
“Our crews have been provided masks to wear at all times and guests are required to wear masks in all restaurants,” Chipotle says on their website.
The restaurant operates more than 2,500 stores in the U.S., according to Yahoo Finance.
The companies are two additional high profile U.S. businesses that are mandating mask usage, including Walmart, Target and Starbucks, among dozens of others.
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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.
If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.
Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.
For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
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