(WHSV) — Waffle House has now closed 418 locations across the U.S. due to the coronavirus pandemic.
First, on Tuesday morning, the breakfast chain announced via their Facebook page that 365 locations were closed.
As of Wednesday, that number went up, with 418 closed. The temporary shutdowns come amid stay-at-home orders or other limitations on people going out in public during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus across the country.
Another 1,574 remain open, the company stated on Facebook.
The restaurant is offering to-go and carryout options for customers who call ahead. You can call (833) 942-2837 to place an order.
In a Facebook post on March 15th, Waffle House said that they were attempting to keep their customers safe and keep nearly 45,000 employees employed.
“We want to acknowledge the great efforts of our associates, who work hard every shift to create a safe, warm and welcoming dining experience 24 hours daily.”
The post continued, saying, “We are working hard to support them as we do our best to manage through this crisis.”
The Waffle House in Lexington is among those temporarily closed, as is the Waffle House in Stephens City and Waffle House #1972 (Getty Ln.) in Winchester.
The Waffle Houses in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Harrisonburg remain open and operating, as does Waffle House #1199 (1805 S Pleasant Valley Rd.) in Winchester.
You can check your local Waffle House location at locations.wafflehouse.com/.
The Waffle House Index
FEMA created a Waffle House Index in 2011, an informal measure to show how areas are faring in a natural disaster. Then-administrator Craig Fugate recognized the restaurant is extremely prepared for emergencies.
The company has special crew, the Waffle House Storm Center, which monitors storms and will dispatch help to restaurants in the path of a hurricane.
The FEMA Waffle House Index is color-coded red, yellow and green.
If it's green, all systems are normal and the community is recovering well.
A yellow on the index means Waffle House is serving a limited menu, and the community may be experiencing power or supply issues.
When Waffle House closes restaurants, the index is at a red level.