Some Savannah restaurants close due to positive COVID-19 cases

Sign posted on the door at Spanky's Southside.
Sign posted on the door at Spanky's Southside.(WTOC)
Updated: Jun. 26, 2020 at 3:42 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Several local businesses have closed after reporting that a member of their staff has contracted COVID-19.

It’s important to note that restaurants do not have to tell customers if a person at the facility tests positive. Those who are diagnosed cannot come to work, but their close contacts can as long as they wear a mask and are symptom-free.

Dr. Lawton Davis, with the Coastal Health District, says businesses can decide for themselves to stay open or closed, but ultimately you make the call if you feel safe to go or not.

Spanky’s Southside in Savannah will be closed for cleaning after an employee tested positive.

A sign posted on the door tells customers that the restaurant will be closed for the next few days for the safety of employees and customers. The sign is dated Friday, June 19.

The posting states that the restaurant has asked all employees to get testing and they will not be able to return without a negative result.

Molly McGuire’s also posted that they would be closing for a few days after an employee tested positive for the virus. They say that all employees would be tested before returning to work.

UPDATE: Molly McGuire’s posted an update on Saturday, June 27, saying the restaurant was back open:

Good morning Friends! We are going to open at 11am today with limited outdoor table and bar service! We hope you will join us for lunch, dinner or any time in between!

Posted by Molly McGuire's on Saturday, June 27, 2020

The Five Spot posted a similar message on Saturday afternoon, citing an asymptomatic employee as the reason for their closure. All employees have been sent for testing and will not return for 14 days.

UPDATE: The 5 Spot posted an update on Wednesday, June 24, saying the restaurant was back open:

Thanks for your patience, friends! We are back and ready to serve your favorite 5 Spot dishes in a clean, safe,...

Posted by The 5 Spot on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Service Brewing posted a similar message, thanking their patrons for working with them as they attempted to reopen. They will be closed until further notice after an employee tested positive.

The Rail Pub in downtown Savannah is also closed for the time being while the rest of their workers get tested and their buildings are cleaned, according to a message posted Sunday on its Facebook page:

Hello Everyone It has come to our attention that some customers have tested positive for COVID19. We are having the...

Posted by The Rail Pub on Sunday, June 21, 2020

The Shellhouse Restaurant announced on Thursday that it was closing for a few days after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Since we have reopened our doors on May 22, 2020, and welcomed y’all back, our goal was to do so in the most responsible...

Posted by The Shellhouse Restaurant on Thursday, June 18, 2020

Treylor Park and Hitch announced the Savannah locations will be closed after receiving notice some of their customers tested positive for COVID-19. They are also requiring their staff to be tested.

UPDATE: Here is the latest update posted by Treylor Park & Hitch (6/29/2020):

•Summer Cleaning• Read the post! You can never be too safe! Cheers everyone! #TreylorPark #SummerCleaning #MondayFunday #CleaningDays #SafeSavannah #Savannah #HitchSavannah #LiveSensibly

Posted by Treylor Park on Sunday, June 28, 2020

Tubby’s Tank House in Thunderbolt will be closed for several days after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

UPDATE: Tubby’s posted on update on their reopening over the weekend.

We are OPEN AND it’s a beautiful day to dine on the deck! Come see us at the Tub!

Posted by Tubby's Tank House Thunderbolt on Saturday, June 27, 2020

The Melting Pot on Broughton Street says one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19. They have temporarily closed to thoroughly clean the restaurant under CDC Guidelines. The employee is currently quarantined.

Melting Pot Family, Earlier today, The Melting Pot of Savannah became aware of a team member who tested positive for...

Posted by The Melting Pot on Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Lulu’s Chocolate Bar in downtown Savannah says on Wednesday, June 24, they received news that one of their employees tested positive for COVID-19. They said in a social media post, “Although they haven’t worked in a while, we have decided to close to allow for our remaining staff to be tested and self-quarantine. The safety of our community and our staff is of utmost importance to us. We will continue to follow strict CDC safety guidelines now and when we reopen, and we ask that y’all be safe too. We hope to see you in the near future!”

Blends a Coffee Boutique announced on social media Friday (6/26) that one of its employees tested positive and they will be temporarily shutting down.

Hi friends and customers, as with many other businesses, the shadow of Covid-19 its still present. We have decided to...

Posted by Blends a Coffee Boutique on Friday, June 26, 2020

Bull Street Taco has temporarily closed after a member of their staff tested positive for COVID-19.

The Collins Quarter has closed their Bull Street and Forsyth Park locations after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

Leopold’s Ice Cream announced their closure on Saturday.

Dear Friends and Family of Leopold's, This afternoon, we learned that one of our staff members tested positive for...

Posted by Leopold's Ice Cream on Saturday, June 27, 2020

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