Waffle House announced that due to the COVID-19 quarantine, they’d be closing 418 locations throughout the southeast United States.
There plenty of businesses that have been suffering because of the COVID-19 quarantine, and Waffle House may be near the top of the list.
The eatery is a love-it-or-hate-it favorite with a controversial reputation that has followed them for years, and officials announced on Wednesday (March 25) that over 400 restaurants would be shutting down.
Weeks ago, it was reported that a Waffle House employee tested positive for COVID-19. “We are trying really hard to provide hours and jobs for people, but when there [are] no customers, it is hard to continue for a long period of time,” Waffle House President and CEO Walt Ehmer said. He added that they’ve made and implemented changes since finding out about the infected employee’s diagnosis, as well.
As thousands of employees attempt to figure out their next financial moves, the internet had a meltdown about Waffle House closing up shop by the hundreds. Check out a few reactions below.
#WaffleHouseIndexRed: 418 Waffle House restaurants closed. 1,574 open.
— Waffle House (@WaffleHouse) March 25, 2020
Waffle houses are actually closing. This is how u know this RONA stuff is for real because they legit let roaches walk on the counters 😂😂😂
— PTV 🇺🇸 (@Its_Me_PTV) March 26, 2020
418 stores Closed! “Okay, America- @realDonaldTrump may not tell you, but we are at Defcon 2 when @WaffleHouse starts closing stores due to virus! God help us all! The end is near!” (Huckabee Sanders) pic.twitter.com/aasOgmTptd
— Agnes Johnson (@ajohon) March 26, 2020
— mandy (@mandyannnas) March 26, 2020
WAFFLE HOUSES ARE ACTUALLY CLOSING CAUSE OF COVID-19
ITS OFFICIALLY TIME TO PANIC https://t.co/fMZOoeSFtx
— Beamer (@Beamer352) March 26, 2020