Monday, June 29, 2020

Babalu Closes Temporarily

Babalu posted the following message on Facebook:

At 9 a.m. on Monday, June 29, we learned that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, we are closing our Jackson location temporarily. The individual’s most recent shift was on Tuesday, June 23.

We have notified all employees and have advised them to get tested – even if they are not experiencing symptoms. They must quarantine themselves until they receive their results. If they test negative, they can return to work when we reopen. We have also hired a professional janitorial company to clean AND disinfect the restaurant from top to bottom. Once it is safe to do so, we will reopen. 

The health and safety of our team members and guests is our top priority, so we are taking this situation very seriously. It’s important to note that all employees are required to complete a COVID-19 questionnaire and have their temperature taken before every shift they work in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus. If they are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, they cannot enter the restaurant.

Good luck, guys.


Anonymous said...

It was as if 250 Fondren freaks unironically cried out at once and were then silenced

Anonymous said...

just let me make that tableside guacamole for you..cough cough..

Anonymous said...

Businesses need to do whatever it takes to ensure employee contact is minimized so when COVID inevitably strikes they only have to have a small portion of them go home and get tested. There is no way someone is going to stay in business if they have to close for a week every time someone gets COVID.

And a deep cleaning, LOL. With well over half the infected people asymptomatic for at least the first few days of contagion it is likely surfaces are infected almost every day. There should be no difference in cleaning for a positive COVID test than there is on a normal day if your procedures are done right.

If all employees were wearing masks at all times and areas were cleaned daily then the risk of further infection is low. Test those that were in close contact and move on.

Anonymous said...

And people think football is gonna be played in the fall.

Anonymous said...

Other communities have this figured out. Test all employees, close for 24 hours while waiting on tests to come back, let those employees that test negative come back to work. They don't need to close for a week.

Anonymous said...

Didn't the woman (and her group) that created such a scene at Saltine a week or two ago later reconvene at Babalu? Interesting! Perhaps she is the culprit.

Anonymous said...

Time for the legislature to get the immunity bill passed and sent to the governor for signature.

Anonymous said...

And my friends think I'm crazy for refusing to eat out right now. This is why. I barely trust going to the drive-thru.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

I know of at least three restaurants in Madison that have had workers test positive, yet the restaurants never closed. Good for you Babalu for caring about the community.

Anonymous said...

Strict regulations for employees yet no criteria or rules for people eating at these establishments.

Anonymous said...

"Time for the legislature to get the immunity bill passed and sent to the governor for signature."

No way. Fitch needs to feed their cronies with some cases.

Anonymous said...

@2:23 "Other communities have this figured out. Test all employees, close for 24 hours while waiting on tests to come back, let those employees that test negative come back to work. They don't need to close for a week."

Wrong! First, some of the other employees may be positive right now. All the employees need to be tested. Second, some of the other employees who have been working closely with the first employee may have just acquired the virus from the first employee. The virus is now incubating (takes 3-5 days) in those other employees. A test will not be positive in those employees right away. A sufficient amount of virus needs to build up before you will test positive. So all those close contacts need to wait a week (and be tested negative) or do the 14 day quarantine.

Anonymous said...

Madison's El Ranchito is also temporarily closed, and for the same reason.

Anonymous said...

Ridiculous. Go home, drink some hot water, blow a hair dryer up your nose and be done with it. Pansies...

Anonymous said...

@June 29, 2020 at 3:48 PM

BS. Name them!

Anonymous said...

Other businesses in the area are closed as well for similar reasons. What is the point of being open if you have to close every time someone gets it? This is no solution.

Anonymous said...

Attention: There was a pandemic in 1957 and 1968 and NOBODY closed their business, wore a mask or gave 2F’s. Half the deaths are in nursing homes, the rest are mostly older people or fat people with health problems. 99% of the rest of us are fine.

Anonymous said...

One thing we can all agree on is that Babalu is far better than Sophomore Spanish Club. Yuck.

Roll Them Dice said...

"This is why. I barely trust going to the drive-thru."

Well, there ya go. If employees have tested positive, or might, and the environment might be suspect, or is, I'll just go through the drive-thru. No way Corona could get through that small glass window or into my sack of food. Plus my wife doesn't cook and the kids love take-out. Besides, I'm a risk taker; That's why I work in Jackson.

Anonymous said...

Roll them Dice

Buy a UV wand and do remember that your microwave is an enemy to germs and viruses as well.

Try to learn about properly sanitizing and the sequences you must follow to do it properly. Doing it in proper order so you don't re-contaminate is important. Otherwise it's like wearing a mask with your nose uncovered ( which marks someone as dumb as a post at a glance) or removing your mask to talk ( as if a mask is a sound barrier, it's not...just speak up!)

This isn't that hard and someone with the IQ of 70 can learn this. I've taught people with IQs that low how to properly clean.

Anonymous said...

I thought Babalu went bankrupt.

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