KFC, the fried chicken chain, closed dining rooms in all 40 of its corporate-owned restaurants in Florida on Monday as coronavirus cases in the state continued to skyrocket.
The company encouraged franchisees operating stores in Florida and other virus “hot spot states” such as Arizona, California and Texas to follow suit. Corporate-owned locations in Florida will continue to offer drive-through, carry out and delivery where available.
“This guidance is part of our continued efforts to prioritize the health of our team members, customers, and the communities where they live and work,” said a representative for KFC.
On Sunday, Florida reported more than 15,000 new cases, the highest single-day total of new coronavirus cases by state since the start of the pandemic. The state reported more than 12,000 new cases on Monday.
The pandemic has hit the restaurant industry particularly hard, many fast food chains have managed to stay afloat by relying on drive-through sales. McDonald’s delayed reopening dining rooms earlier this month as coronavirus cases surged across the country.
KFC is a subsidiary of Yum Brands, which owns other fast food chains including Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.