A Ron’s Hamburgers & Chili employee at its Tomball location, located at 14257 FM 2920, Ste. 210, tested positive for the coronavirus, the restaurant announced on its Facebook page June 18.
Owner David White said the employee was sent home immediately June 15 after displaying signs of being sick.
“Upon [the employee’s] arrival [I said], ‘You've got to go home, you don’t look good,’” he said. “They didn’t work Monday; they were immediately sent home.”
White said the employee had not been in contact with any customers and had not been in to the restaurant for several days prior to being sent home.
On June 17, White received notice from his employee that the employee had tested positive for the virus, and he reacted as quickly as he could.
“I decided to close down immediately,” he said. “The majority of my staff was tested that day.”
All staff, including White, have been tested, and so far none have received a positive test result for the virus.
The restaurant will remain closed as employees are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on self-quarantining.
While the restaurant plans to reopen June 29, White said an outside cleaning company will come in and completely clean and sanitize the establishment prior to reopening.
“They [will] spray this mist over the whole restaurant ... and it is supposed to kill any germs at all upon contact,” he said. “It is all food-safe.”
White said he is taking the situation very seriously and wants to do the best for the community and his employees.
“We are trying to do everything we possibly can,” he said. “I’ve been in contact with the mayor, and I’ve put it on social media. That way people know.”
In the interim, customers are still able to visit the Magnolia location at 18415 FM 1488, Magnolia, and place an order.