LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Fayette Mall food court has closed at the recommendation of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to allow the area to be sanitized after a high number of stomach illnesses were reported from people who ate there.
Originally, Chick-fil-A decided to remain closed after restaurant officials elected to shut down last week after numerous employees called in sick.
The health department began an investigation after claims that other food court employees have been ill.
A third party will clean and sanitize the area and all the equipment.
The entire Fayette Mall Food Court is closed. There are reportedly about 150 customers who ate at the food court that have reported getting sick. The health department believes that it is a stomach virus.
They released this statement last week:
Yesterday (Thursday) we voluntarily closed the restaurant at Fayette Mall as soon as multiple employees reported symptoms of being ill. Additionally, we proactively notified the health department to investigate the situation and they have confirmed that we have taken every necessary action to protect the well-being of our guests and team members. We’ve decided to keep the restaurant closed a little longer to ensure sanitization, and look forward to serving guests again soon.
Monday, the Fayette Mall released this statement:
We are working closely with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to address and resolve this issue, Out of an abundance of caution, the decision has been made to close the food court so the following actions can be taken:
Clean and sanitize all areas in the food court; including: tables, chairs, corridors, floors, and public and employee restrooms.
Clean and sanitize the play area.
Individual tenants in the food court will follow the same protocol and be required to clean and sanitize their location.
Tenants impacted will remain closed until all areas have been cleaned and sanitized according to the standards dictated by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.
Tyle Bruce, the franchise owner/operator of Chick-fil-A at Fayette Mall released this statement Monday:
Last Thursday, we voluntarily closed our restaurant at Fayette Mall as soon as multiple employees reported being ill. At the same time, we proactively notified the health department and brought in a third party to perform an intense cleaning of the restaurant.
While we are ready and hoped to reopen today, we have decided to remain closed a bit longer. We made this precautionary decision as we are continuing to understand the scope of the situation and potential related illness from other food establishments in the mall. The safety of our employees and guests is our highest priority and we look forward to reopening soon.
Officials have not said what they believe the virus is. They do say there is no reason to believe this is hepatitis A.
Symptoms included nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you ate at the food court July 17-22 and are experiencing these symptoms, please call 859-231-9791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to report it. Be sure to include the following (and remember, you need to email it and NOT post it on here) to help us with the investigation:
• where and when you ate at the food court
• what food items you ate or drank
• when you began experiencing symptoms
• how many in your family/group became ill (if applicable)
• the ages of those who became ill
• how long you were ill
• a contact phone number where you can be reached.