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Golden Corral adds safeguards to its buffets

The chain is implementing additional cleaning procedures and more in the wake of the coronavirus.

Golden Corral is adding additional safeguards to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, the buffet chain announced this week.

Among the Raleigh, N.C.-based chain’s new procedures:

  • Sanitizing all “key guest touchpoints” every 30 minutes.
  • Changing all serving utensils every 30 minutes.
  • Giving employees at company-owned units paid leave for their scheduled hours during a 14-day quarantine following a confirmed diagnosis.
  • Requiring employees to wash their hands every 20 minutes.
  • Adding additional hand sanitizer stations around the restaurant.

"The health, safety and well-being of our co-workers, guests and communities are always our top priority and we are deeply committed to delivering on that promise," Golden Corral CEO Lance Trenary said in a statement. "Our brand specializes in serving our local communities across the country.  We implemented additional preventive measures to address coronavirus concerns and to maintain a clean and safe environment for our co-workers and our guests."

The coronavirus presents an especially difficult challenge for buffet concepts due to their self-service nature.

In Las Vegas this week, MGM Resorts International announced it would temporarily close buffets at seven of its properties.  

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