And the hits keep coming for the Denver-based restaurant chain as a eastern Massachusetts Chipotles temporarily closed after several employees reported not feeling well and one was confirmed positive for norovirus.


The Chipotle in Billerica voluntarily closed earlier in the day after four employees called out sick. One of those employees tested positive for norovirus, two others are suspected to have the virus, according to a Boston CBS affiliate.

The store was closed for a “full sanitation,” Chipotle spokesperson Chris Arnold said Tuesday. “We do not know know if the employees are ill with norovirus and no customers’ illnesses are connected to this restaurant. Any employees who reported feeling ill will be tested and held out of the restaurant until they fully recover.”

“I think the restaurant is doing everything possible to sanitize and bring everything back to a cleanliness state to reopen,” said Sandra Giroux of the Billerica Board of Health.

Local officials will inspect the restaurant on Wednesday to determine when it may be able to reopen.

There are no reports of customers becoming ill to date.

Chipotle has had there hands full with food borne outbreaks of E. coli, salmonella and norovirus in recent months in California, Minnesota, Boston and and a multistate outbreak.

Billerica is located about 20 miles outside of Boston.