A Chipotle in Cleveland Circle could open by the end of the week, the Boston Business Journal reports. The restaurant temporarily closed after more than 140 people reportedly contracted norovirus, including members of the Boston College basketball team.
The chain has dealt with a number of public health issues in recent months, including an E. Coli outbreak that has sickened 52 people in nine states. The Boston illnesses were initially thought to be E. Coli, but they were later confirmed to be norovirus.
All employees at the Cleveland Circle Chipotle were reportedly tested for norovirus, and the handful who tested positive will not be allowed to return to work until they are cleared. The city must receive paperwork that the restaurant has been disinfected, and Chipotle must undergo an additional inspection before it can reopen, BBJ reported.
Apparently, an employee came to work sick and was not sent home, and the norovirus spread. According to a representative in the Boston inspectional services department, the manager who did not send that employee home has been dismissed.
Chipotle has since released new guidelines for health and safety in its restaurants across the country.