CALIFORNIA – Burgers’ Smokehouse now has six employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. According to a news release, Burgers’ Smokehouse is closed until Monday, April 20.
Laurie Heather, the owner of Nic-Nac Café in California, Mo., is a customer of Burgers’ Smokehouse. She said she understands why they have to close but knows that this will affect her business.
“My customers love their meat,” Heather said. “We have already had to modify our hours to try and stay afloat. Now, our product is gone.”
Heather said a large portion of the town works at the meat plant. If the shutdown were to continue past April 20, she said the town would take a big hit.
“I have an employee who works at Burgers’ and here,” Heather said. “If they are laid off for a while, they won’t be able to eat out. This will affect my business.”
Steven Burger, the President of Burgers’ Smokehouse, said the safety of the California community is priority.
“We take our responsibility as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure seriously and will make every prudent effort to remain in operation during this ongoing crisis,” Burger said. “However, we feel it is important to shut down for a few days in order to further prepare our facility for the safe return of our people on Monday.”