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Customers said they'd still eat at Five Guys after employees are diagnosed COVID

News 18 talked to customers who said COVID, or not, they'd still eat at Five Guys.

Posted: Jul 6, 2020 11:33 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Some employees at the fast-casual chain Five Guys are self-quarantining for two weeks.

The Tippecanoe County Health Department said a cluster, three or more employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

This is happening at the Lafayette location which is closed indefinitely.

News 18 talked to customers who said COVID, or not, they'd still eat at Five Guys.

"It's good, it's about the food," said Meridian Beal.

"As long as the food is good, I'd still eat here," said Emma Engel.

Both Beal and Engel eat at Five Guys and are incoming Purdue students.

They said they don't worry about getting COVID because of their young age, but as we previously reported more than 20% of those who test positive for COVID-19 in Tippecanoe County are younger than 29 years old.

"It is bad," said Beal. "It is very bad, but I don't know with my age. I am not too concerned about it."

COVID-19 hit the Lafayette fast-casual restaurant with at least three cases from employees.

The West Lafayette location is still open, however News 18 was not allowed to record video inside.

Tippecanoe County Health Department Administrator Khala Hochstedler said the Lafayette Five Guys is closed indefinitely.

"It'll be reopened when we allow them to reopen," said Hochstedler. "They are working closely with us."

Hochstedler said contact tracing helped them possibly prevent future infections.

"So getting the contact tracing that developed a small cluster of cases from Five Guys and since that it was different days we decided to go ahead and put a press release out so the public is aware," said Hochstedler.

TCHD said while the risk to the public is low, there is the possibility that customers could have been exposed to COVID-19 if they dined there between June 29th and July 2nd.

"I mean it is my own risk by going there not by any means on the restaurant," said Beal.

Five Guys is and has been practicing social distancing guidelines and has barriers between employees and customers.

News 18 reached out to them for a comment but have yet to hear back.

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