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Chipotle restaurants to close today

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Posted at 6:46 AM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 06:46:45-05

Chipotle Mexican Grill plans to close its more than 2,000 restaurants today, until 3 pm, to talk about food safety. As CBS News reports, managers will address the chain’s 60,000 employees about the food-borne illnesses that have put a severe crimp in its financial performance and have led to lawsuits and a federal investigation.

According to Chipotle, the event will be used to thank employees for their hard work in learning new food safety protocols and to explain the steps Chipotle is taking to improve food safety. Several competitors, including Moe’s Southwest Grill, are hoping to capitalize on Chipotle’s four-hour closing with special promotions