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Health Department: Restaurants not required to close after positive case

Director of Public Affairs and Communications Kelli Newman said a deep clean is required and anyone who tests positive must quarantine.

Restaurants across Columbus are closing as positive COVID-19 cases show up among their employees but workers with Columbus Public Health say the closures are not required.

Director of Public Affairs and Communications Kelli Newman said a deep clean is required and anyone who tests positive must quarantine.

Katalina’s in Clintonville announced on social media they would be closed for at least a week following a positive COVID-19 test in one of their workers.

The Pearl in Dublin closed for one day after finding a positive case on their staff.

Other owners we talked with said they would likely close, but the amount of time they stay closed depends on how long it takes to clean and how many of their workers are out sick.

Walter Carpenter opened his restaurant on Monday, July 6. He told WBNS opening during the pandemic was a challenge, but he has a game plan should someone at his restaurant contract the virus.

“We need to get the person tested, make sure that individual is all taken care of and then we’d test the staff and make sure that everything is well. But we do have steps in place for the associate and our guests,” Carpenter said.