McDonalds

The McDonald's restaurants in Washington and St. Clair reopened Wednesday, July 22.

McDonald’s franchise owners/operators Mike and Deb Klak closed the restaurants Tuesday, July 21, after one employee at the Washington restaurant and two employees at the St. Clair restaurant tested positive for the coronavirus.

“As soon as we were notified of the confirmed cases, we immediately closed the restaurants and had a professional cleaning service conduct a thorough sanitization procedure in accordance with the CDC guidelines,” the Klaks said in a statement. “We also notified the Franklin County Health Department. Additionally, we identified and reached out to any restaurant staff who had been in contact with the employees who contracted the virus. These employees have been asked to self-quarantine at home for 14 days to ensure they remain healthy before returning to work.”

The Klaks said in the statement that they are providing support to the employees who have tested positive. “Our people are the heart and soul of the McDonald’s family, and we are keeping them in our thoughts for a fast and full recovery,” they said in the statement.

The Washington and St. Clair restaurants’ drive thru, takeout and delivery were only available prior to the closings. Plans for re-opening dine-in were paused due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the statement said.

The Klaks said in the statement that they have been and will continue to conduct temperature and wellness checks for employees before each shift, and are requiring all crew to wear gloves and masks, and reinforcing rigorous hand washing procedures. They also have installed protective panels at the restaurants’ front-counters and in the drive thrus in addition to adhering to social distancing guidelines.

This story was updated Wednesday, July 22, at 12:37 p.m.