Covid surge prompts some Pittsburgh area restaurants to cancel vacation service
As covid-19 cases skyrocket, many restaurants and bars in the Pittsburgh area have temporarily closed over safety concerns after staff illnesses.
At the Roundabout Brewery in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, the owners made the decision to relocate to take only weekends.
Co-owner Dyana Sloan said a member of staff tested positive last weekend. All other employees, she said, continued to test negative for the virus.
“The holiday season is often very busy, as the past three weeks has proven for many small businesses,” Sloan said in a post. “Unfortunately our tasting room is very small and we believe it is best to go back to take out only cans / bottles / merch to minimize internal contact.”
She stressed that the brewery is not closed, but rather does not allow the sale of pints or the seats inside.
Covid Exhibits also shut down Oak Hill Post in Brookline for the week out of caution.
“Although the updated (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines suggest that we don’t need to quarantine if we don’t feel sick, we think it would be best for our staff and guests if we’re spending the next week or so apart, ”the management wrote on Facebook, noting its intention to reopen on Tuesday.
Morningside’s Bulldog Pub posted a similar post on Thursday.
“Unfortunately, a few of our team have come into contact with covid,” the post read. “We have decided to close for the next few days to ensure everyone’s safety.”
They noted that the business will be fully disinfected during the shutdown.
The Bigham Tavern on Mount Washington has also been closed since December 26 after staff tested positive. The move forced them to cancel a planned New Years Eve party.
The owners of Two Frays in the Garfield part of town told Tribune-Review press partner WPXI-TV that their move to take-out was only in the interest of public health.
“Seeing the peaks after the holidays, we thought it would be much safer to close for a few days”, Jennifer Onofray told the TV channel. “Since then we have seen other businesses close around us or have to close due to epidemics. “
Iron Born Pizza in Millvale has closed “until we can safely reopen” after testing positive for covid, according to its Instagram page. Its Strip District location is open for take out.
Around the same time last year, Governor Tom Wolf closed bars and restaurants during the two-week vacation period, a move meant to stop a wave of new cases of covid.
This year, the increase in the number of cases – Allegheny County recorded nearly 2,000 new cases on Thursday – is likely due to the omicron variant, said health director Dr Debra Bogen. She called for safety by ringing the bell in 2022.
“If you don’t need to go out, stay home,” she said. “If you are going to participate in events and parties, take precautions, including masking yourself, physically distancing yourself and, if possible, stay outdoors or in well-ventilated areas. We are all in the same boat, and the decisions we make now will impact our friends, families and neighbors for the days and weeks to come. “