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As COVID-19 cases continue to climb, local businesses that have reopened are now dealing with how to keep employees and patrons safe.
Dozens of bars and restaurants around Columbus have reported cases amongst their staff. For the most part, establishments facing these situations have been vocal on social media about their response and their increased responses.
In Franklin County, bars and restaurants are not required to close when an employee contracts COVID-19, but they must take several other steps, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s guidelines. Those steps include:
- Immediately isolating whoever tested positive
- Seeking medical care for anyone who exhibits symptoms at work
- Contacting the local health district about suspected cases or exposures
- Shutting down the area for deep sanitation (if possible)
Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mykeisha Roberts said that although businesses are not required to shut down, employees who feel like a restaurant or bar is not taking proper steps to stop the spread and keep staff and customers safe should call the health department at 311. Calls can be anonymous.
The following list of bars and restaurants with positive COVID-19 cases will be updated regularly.
Ethyl & Tank
On Thursday, Ethyl & Tank reported that they would be closed until further notice due to multiple cases of COVID-19 among their employees.
Antiques on High/ Seventh Son
Antiques on High and Seventh Son are both closed until further notice due to one employee testing positive for COVID-19.
Katalina’s & Katalina’s Too
After an employee tested positive at their Clintonville location, Katalina’s announced the restaurant would be closed for at least a week and deep cleaned. As an extra precaution, they also closed their Harrison West location for deep cleaning.
Several employees at various Northstar Cafe locations have tested positive for COVID-19, but the restaurants will remain open. On their social media, North Star shared their cleaning and safety procedures, which do not include closing any restaurants.
Lincoln Social Rooftop Bar
The bar announced a temporary closure on July 4 after they had “positive COVID-19 results” within their associate team. They were originally scheduled to reopen on July 8 but they have since extended their temporary closure.
Like Lincoln Social, The Pearl is a fellow Cameron Mitchell Restaurant. They also did not specify how many positive COVID-19 cases they had among their employees, but they remain temporarily closed.
Standard Hall, Shorth North Pint House, and Short North Goody Boy
Although the social media announcement has since been deleted, Standard Hall had stated that an employee who tested positive for COVID-19 had contact with workers at other Corso Ventures restaurants, including Short North Pint House and Short North Goody Boy. The social media post stated that all three locations would close immediately for cleaning and sanitation and that employees would be tested and quarantined. However, Standard Hall later posted that the employee had not been in contact with the other restaurants and then the post was deleted.
The Rossi Kitchen + Bar
On June 30, The Rossi Kitchen + Bar announced Facebook that an employee had tested positive for COVID-19 and that the restaurant would be temporarily closed. No reopening date has been shared yet.
German Village favorite, Barcelona Restaurant, shared on July 1 that the restaurant would close until further notice due to a postive COVID-19 case at the restaurant.
Staufs Coffee Roasters (Grandview)
The Grandview location of Staufs Coffee Roasters announced their closure on June 27 after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The shop was open for walk-up orders only and closed within 20 minutes of learning about the employee’s positive test results. No reopening date has been announced.
Platform Beer Co.
A Cleveland-based employee of Platform Beer Co. tested positive for COVID-19. Since the employee had recently worked out of both teh Columbus and Cleveland tap rooms, both locations were closed out of “an abundance of caution.”
HangOverEasy (OSU Campus Location)
HangOverEasy announced earlier this week that one of their employees tested positive for COVID-19. The restaurant has closed temporarily to allow for deep cleaning, sanitizing, and testing all employees. No reopening date has been announced yet.
Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace
Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace closed on July 8 after learning of an employee who had tested positive. Although the employee had not been at work since June 24, the restaurant closed and reached out to the Ohio Department of Health to be sure they are doing all that’s necessary to maintain the safety of their team & community.
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