Over the weekend, AVI closed Peirce Pub because too many workers called in sick with bronchitis or the flu.
Chris Wisbey, resident director of AVI, said 16 people called off work one day last week due to illness — which is almost half of the staff. He said that this forced some workers to come in on their day off. Wisbey said this is why AVI decided to close Peirce Pub this past weekend.
“At the end of the day you have to ask, do we just stop and let people get healthy? And that’s what we did,” he said.
The AVI staff continues to feel the effects of a particularly rough flu season. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 37 people have died from the flu this year a higher number than usual.
“I have four dining rooms I have to clean. It’s just me by myself,” Abigail Sapp, an AVI employee, said on Wednesday.