Chipotle Will Be Closed Nationwide For Half A Day, And The Internet Is Reeling

Locations across the country will be closed for a food safety meeting. 

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Is there anyone left who isn't terrified to eat at Chipotle now? The popular restuarant chain has been battling some seriously bad PR, thanks to a string of food-borne illness outbreaks connected to the fast food giant in 2015.

The company announced this week that all locations nationwide will be closed the morning of Monday, February 8, for a national team meeting. All 60,000+ employees will be "present" via Satellite to discuss, among other things, upcoming changes in food safety procedures. Stores are expected to reopen later that day at 3 p.m.

"We're going to let all of our folks know what we know about how this happened, and, in detail, all the steps were taking to ensure that it won't happen again," Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells told said on Wednesday.

But can Chipotle really make a comeback after everything that's happened? While there are plenty of burrito-lovers who don't hesitate to stop there for lunch, it's not going to be easy to regain the trust of thousands of skittish college students. The exact cause of the initial E. coli outbreak is still unknown, and that's reason enough to give anyone pause. 

Naturally, the response on social media has been mixed.

Um, try not to panic? It's only a few hours, guys.

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