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Sonic of McMinnville closed due to COVID-19


Sonic of McMinnville was closed Monday due to coronavirus concerns.



Sonic of McMinnville closed on Monday after restaurant management was notified an employee had tested positive for COVID-19.


Sonic owner and operator Steve Hannah said, “We are going above and beyond what we’re required to do. We’ve hired a third party to come in and sanitize everything, the inside, the outside, the parking lot. This company is certified and has sanitized several Sonics in the Nashville area. When they leave, our customers can have the peace of mind of knowing we have been thoroughly cleaned.”


Hannah said he is hopeful the cleaning crew can arrive Monday, but said the company is “backed up” with work.


Per state guidelines, restaurants are not required to be closed for any set length of time after learning of an employee or customer with COVID-19. The guidance from Gov. Bill Lee says restaurants should be closed for a deep cleaning, but it makes no mention of whether that deep cleaning should take 30 minutes or 6 hours.


After the deep cleaning has taken place, the restaurant is free to reopen.


Warren County has been hit with a surge of confirmed coronavirus cases and suffered its first COVID death on Saturday. According to the NHC HealthCare website, two patients there have died from the virus.


According to the Tennessee Department of Health, Warren County has 159 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Monday at 2 p.m. There is often lag time in reporting on the state website, which does not yet list Warren County as having a death.

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