Here’s How COVID Is Spreading Through Larimer County Restaurants
COVID-19 likely isn't spreading within restaurants, according to Larimer County health department spokesperson Katie O'Donnell and the Coloradan.
"Our restaurants, breweries, tasting rooms have all been taking our protocols seriously," with a lengthy list of precautions, O'Donnell said.
“What we’re really finding is employees hang out together outside of work," O'Donnell said, where they are likely spreading the virus without realizing they have it.
Businesses are not required to report positive COVID-19 cases among staff to the county health department and restaurants are not required to collect tracing information from infected diners.
"The biggest thing we’re starting to message is that if our cases continue to rise, we’re looking at our variance getting revoked, which would drastically impact what business are allowed to be open," O'Donnell said.
This week's Restaurant Outbreaks in Fort Collins: According to the state health department's most recent outbreak data
Chick-fil-A, 3605 S. College Ave
Pueblo Viejo Mexican Restaurant, 185 N. College Ave
The Still Whiskey Steaks, 151 N. College Ave.
Last week's Restaurant Outbreaks in Fort Collins: According to the state health department's most recent outbreak data, as reported by the Coloradan.
Mo Jeaux's Bar & Grill, 820 City Park Ave., announced it would temporarily close after the roommate of one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.
Tony's Bar, 224 S. College Ave., announced via Facebook it would temporarily close over COVID-19.
The Human Bean 821 N. College Ave., a barista contracted COVID-19, prompting the drive-in coffee shop's temporary closure.
"It was a no-brainer," The Human Bean owner Frank Sherman said on the decision to close. "We're not going to push any of the limits, we're not going to play with any of our employees' health. We're not going to monkey around with this thing. It's too serious."
In June Fort Collins' Silver Grill Cafe voluntarily closed for eight days after an employee tested positive for COVID.
"It was really tough" "What do you do? What’s the right thing to do?, said Silver Grill owner John Arnolfo.
"What we learned about the second shutdown is contact between employees and customers is minimal, but it’s the interaction between employees outside of work" Arnolfo said.
"It’s critical that we stay open," he said. "I’m sure you’ve heard all the news, read all the papers — a second, third shutdown would really be detrimental to any business large or small, so we’re working through it."
Sunday was a COVID positive single-day record for Larimer County with 37 new cases recorded, as reported by the Coloradan.