Jasper Waffle House locations remain open amid closures

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Walker County's two Waffle House locations remain open, despite the temporary closure of over 400 restaurants across the United States.

Waffle House has been closing stores temporarily over the past few days, due to the spread of COVID-19. 

An update from the company on Thursday revealed that 429 Waffle House locations have been temporarily closed, while 1,563 remain open.

Waffle House on Highway 78 in Jasper is still serving customers through pickup orders only, but the restaurant's hours have been reduced. A notice posted to the restaurant's door on Wednesday stated that the restaurant will only be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. 

Customers were further directed to visit the Waffle House on Carl Cannon Boulevard in Jasper outside of those hours.

The Waffle House off I-22 is still open 24/7 to customers for to-go orders only. Customers can come inside, however, to pick up their meal and pay.

No one is being allowed to sit inside the restaurant and wait for their order. 

"We're disinfecting just about everything," Tristen Webb, a Waffle House employee at the Carl Cannon Boulevard location, said. "We're using Clorox disinfecting wipes to clean off the register and everything around it. We're trying to keep it as clean as possible. We clean everything."

Waffle House corporate has not released a statement regarding the temporary closures; however, on March 15, the company spoke of taking extra precautions to protect customers and employees.

The company confirmed deep sanitization practices are being implemented at all locations and encouraged people to not visit any Waffle House restaurant if they are ill and to take advantage of being able to place to-go orders.

"We want to acknowledge the great efforts of our associates, who work hard every shift to create a safe, warm and welcoming dining experience 24 hours daily," Waffle House corporate stated. "We are working hard to support them as we do our best to manage through this crisis. We appreciate your loyalty, and we will continue to serve our local communities with great food and customer service."