As everyone who doesn’t willingly refer to themselves as a recluse knows, Chipotle has been dealing with some pretty serious health issues. Back in November, the restaurant closed all 43 of its locations in Oregon and Washington after 22 people reported symptoms of E. coli. Eight of those people were hospitalized. Shortly thereafter, the number of people affected grew to 45 and incidents spread across four more states including California, New York, Ohio and Minnesota.
In mid-January, a Chipotle spokesman told the Chicago Tribune that the chain would close every single restaurant in order to hold a company wide food safety meeting in early February. Then, even before that meeting, on February 1, the CDC announced that the E. coli outbreak was over and people were free to gorge themselves on giant burritos and overpriced guacamole once again!