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Chipotle Blames Employees For Norovirus And Expands Sick Leave Policy

Update Date: Feb 10, 2016 06:22 PM EST

The real trigger for the huge E. coli outbreak at Chipotle stores last year has not been clear. Yet, the norovirus outbreaks at many of its locations were probably due to its own sick employees, says Time.

This was announced at Monday's company-wide meeting, even as Chipotle branches all over the U.S. closed for a few hours so that the company could talk to its employees.

Norovirus is spread mainly through human touch. Food can get contaminated. Chipotle announces that the company can expand the allocated sick days for employees. Earlier, just two days of bed rest were given to sick Chipotle employees, though the leave was insufficient.

Now the company will provide five paid sick days to employees who show symptoms such as nausea, explosive diarrhea, vomiting and other similar symptoms, reports Gizmodo.

Hence, Chipotle is struggling to get to its feet and lure back its customers.

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