Footers Pizza pays employees during closing

Wabash Valley COVID-19 updates

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The country is trying to cope with the COVID-19 virus. From event cancellations to businesses closing, it is impacting many aspects of daily life. Now a local pizza restaurant is doing what it can for its employees by continuing to pay them while the store is closed.

“We’ve set an approximate 14-day closure for Footers Pizza and Full Moon Games. It could be longer; we’re just playing it by ear. Our reason for closing is to ensure that both our employees and customers have less risk of getting the COVID-19 virus, so we hope this helps a lot. It’s definitely one of our top reasons for paying them while we’re closed because if it wasn’t for our employees, we wouldn’t be able to open,” said Footer’s manager, Ben Bledsoe.

Footer’s Pizza in Terre Haute was still busy until it closed Monday night. The store says it had no choice but to shut its doors for a minimum of two weeks after Gov. Holcomb made the call to limit all restaurants to take-out and delivery only.

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