Sterling Chipotle ready to reopen after illnesses

STERLING, Va. — The “Temporarily Closed” sign on the Chipotle Mexican Grill at 21031 Tripleseven Rd. will likely come down Wednesday, and the restaurant plans to reopen, WTOP has learned.

Dr. David Goodfriend, director of the Loudoun County Health Department, said Chipotle closed voluntarily, and has been following the department’s guidance.

“We are OK with them reopening today after being closed for the past two days,” Goodfriend said, in an email.

“They have taken steps to bring in new food product, professionally clean the facility and minimize the likelihood that any ill employee would be working,” Goodfriend said.

Several customers had reported diarrhea and vomiting since Friday, symptoms which Chipotle said were consistent with norovirus, a highly contagious bacterial infection.

Goodfriend said norovirus is confirmed by finding the virus in the stools of an ill person.

“We are attempting to do that this week, and should have some results back by early next week.”

Even without confirmation of what made customers sick, Goodfriend is confident the risk has been minimized.

“We are not aware of any concern with the food supply chain, all existing open food products have been discarded, and the restaurant has started they have brought in new food preparers,” said Goodfriend.


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