Glendale, CA—

The CEO of the parent company of Applebee’s and IHOP, Steve Joyce, issued a corporate memo on Monday revising company policy.

Company Family,

Thank you for all you’re doing as we continue our curbside dining during this pandemic. Beginning today, we are advising all employees to wash their hands at least once during their shift until this crisis is over. Please use soap and water, but it may be necessary for you to provide your own soap, as there is almost never any in the bathrooms. We are sorry about that. We’ll get through this.

Warmest regards,


This memo was leaked by @Joesaltlyfe from the Fort Myers, FL location via Twitter with the caption “Over my dead body.” We have not been able to confirm this with Applebee’s.