"After learning that four of our employees were not feeling well, our restaurant in Billerica, Mass. was closed for a full sanitization," Chris Arnold, the Chipotle spokesman, said in a statement. "We do not know know if the employees are ill with Norovirus and no customers illnesses are connected to this restaurant. Any employees who reported feeling ill will be tested and held out of the restaurant until they fully recover."
The scare comes exactly a month after Chipotle briefly closed all of its restaurants for an all-hands food safety meeting in response to the earlier food borne illness outbreaks. It was reported that Chipotle executives strongly urged employees to stay home if they feel sick and said Chipotle would immediately close any restaurant if an employee vomits while on duty, but there are currently no indications this occurred at the Billerica location. In early December, another Chipotle in nearby Brighton closed for days after more than 150 people were sickened with norovirus linked to the restaurant.