3 Worcester restaurants close temporarily due to COVID issues

  • In the span 24 hours, three Worcester restaurants announced on Facebook that they were closing temporarily because of issues related to COVID-19.

    At 6:06 p.m. Tuesday night, Wicked Wings, 321 West Boylston St., posted that it closed temporarily because a vendor working at the restaurant has tested positive for COVID-19.

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    The post: 

    "This afternoon we were informed that a third party vendor had entered our building yesterday and tested positive for COVID-19 today, so we have closed our doors immediately to ensure our guests and staff remain safe. We have already begun the necessary protocols for reopening, including having the entire restaurant professionally cleaned/sanitized by a certified Covid cleaning company, but also following all guidelines/procedures necessary for reopen by the City Health Department. As of right now we will be closed this evening and tomorrow, but we do hope to reopen at 11am on Thursday as long as everything is completed and there are no risks for our guests and staff, as that is our highest priorities. We apologize for any inconvenience."

     At 12:22 p.m. Wednesday, Flying Rhino, 278 Shrewsbury St., announced that a staff member had tested positive.

     The post:

     “To our Flying Rhino Family:

    “We are heartbroken to discover one of our valued team members has tested positive for coronavirus today. This employee is in quarantine and we are taking the proper steps to ensure the safety of our staff, guests, and our community.

    “We are temporarily closed while we professionally sanitize our entire establishment and get our team members tested to ensure safety for your families and ours. We take this situation very seriously and are taking the appropriate steps to coordinate with the health department to address the issue fully.

    “Please note: the last shift the infected staff member worked was this past Sunday. We share this update with you all because safety is of the utmost importance to us and we want to be transparent. We’re looking forward to being able to return to serving you again as soon as possible. This year has truly proven to be a challenging time for all of us. A huge thank you for all your support.”

    Then, at 6:42 p.m. Wednesday, Compass Tavern, 90 Harding St., announced it was closing for the evening because of the potential exposure of an employee.

    The post:

    “Attention all customers: due to a potential Covid-19 exposure to one of our employees we will be closed the rest of the evening (11/04) 

    “We have a company coming in tonight to disinfect the entire restaurant top to bottom. 

    “We have told every employee to get tested and will not let employees back until they show a negative test. 

    “More information about reopening will come. 

    Thank you for your understanding and for helping us stay a float during this pandemic. We will be open again once it is responsible to do so.”

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1 comment
  • Lynne Clark
    Lynne Clark The Rhinos out door tables were too close together from the start...and closing in the out door spaces with tents just makes it a closed space. It only takes one person to expose everyone in these tents. I feel so bad for the wait staff. You have to...  more
    November 5, 2020