CALIFORNIA, MO. – Burgers’ Smokehouse decided on April 22 to extend its suspension of operations to April 30 after the Moniteau County Health Center provided data showing 21 Burgers’ employees tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We decided the proper course of action was to suspend normal operations at this time,” the company said.

On April 15, Burgers’ announced it would close its facility until April 20.

The company said all employees will receive pay during the temporary closure, including those who were already away from work due to COVID-19 related illnesses.

Burgers’ will maintain rigorous mitigation efforts that include enhanced wellness checks, requiring mask use and strictly enforced distancing measures, to maintain a safe work environment upon return to full production next Thursday. 

During suspended operations the company will continue shipping and receiving operations on a limited basis.

“It is my wish for a quick and complete recovery for all our employees, their families, and the community who have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak,” said Steven Burger, president of Burgers’ Smokehouse.