- Waffle House, an iconic American breakfast chain that is known to stay open during the most bleak times, will close 365 locations amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- Around 1,627 locations remain open.
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Waffle House, an iconic American breakfast chain that is known to stay open during the most bleak times, will close 365 locations amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Around 1,627 locations remain open, the company said in a statement.
The closure of waffle house locations is not taken lightly. Waffle House is known for being open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – even in the event of natural disasters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) even relied on the informal waffle house index to measure how badly an area was affected by a disaster, including hurricanes.
"When a waffle shop is open and offers a full menu, the index is green." EHS today In an article published in 2011, it said: "If it is open but is only served through a limited menu, it is yellow. If the location needs to be closed, the index is red."
In one Facebook Image with the heading "#WaffleHouseIndexRed" the company showed a map with the locations of closed restaurants:
"When you get there and the waffle house is closed?" Former FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said in a previous one Wall Street Journal Report. "This is really bad. You go to work there."
As of Tuesday, at least 728 people in the United States have died from the new corona virus. Around 54,000 cases have been reported in all 50 states, Washington, DC and the United States. Non-essential companies were asked to close; However, several restaurants remained open for take-away orders and deliveries.
People on Twitter alerted the waffle houses, which were closed in several states.
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