The Chick-fil-A rule against Sunday openings is rare among American businesses, especially restaurants. It has its origins in the firmly Christian practices of the founders and the desire to encourage church-going and worship.
And it has been continued, officials say, as a way to make sure all employees have the day off for family or church.
However, that rule has been broken before in order to serve a purpose – and that principle overrides the rule, Jags said.
“While Chick-fil-A is always closed on Sunday, our restaurants open occasionally to serve communities in crisis,” she said. “We do not make a profit, but do what we can to offer comfort to people experiencing hardship.”
After the 2016 mass shooting in Orlando, Chick-fil-A employees provided free food to people donating blood for victims, as well as food and drink to law enforcement officials.
After a 2015 tornado in Texas, some Chick-fil-A restaurants opened to serve first responders and victims of the storm, which hit near Dallas.