A popular shoreline restaurant in Old Saybrook will be closed through Sept. 22 after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
Liv's Oyster Bar said in a statement that an employee was exposed to a person who tested positive for the virus. They then took a rapid test that was positive for COVID-19 and immediately notified the restaurant.
The employee had limited contact with customers and staff. They did not have any symptoms and still are not presenting any symptoms, according to the restaurant.
"At Liv’s Oyster Bar we have taken every precaution to create a safe environment for our guests and employees. We take the temperatures of guests and employees every night. We check in with our staff every day to make sure they are feeling good or exhibit any symptoms. And above all, we sanitize and follow proper handwashing procedures throughout the night when we are open. We do all this while continuing to offer gracious service," Director of Operations Robert Marcarelli told NBC Connecticut.
The restaurant said they have contacted the local health department and have been consistent with all state and federal regulations. A company called "A Safer Surface" will disinfect the entire restaurant as well as outdoor seating.
Liv's Oyster Bar said they canceled all of their reservations via phone personally apologizing for the inconvenience.
All employees tested for COVID-19 had negative results and anyone within close contact of the employee that tested positive will take a second test before returning to work, according to the restaurant.
"As a family-owned business, we take the health and well being of our staff and guests very seriously. And we will not open until we are 100% ready," Marcarelli said. "Unfortunately we have fallen under a circumstance out of our control. We have and will continue to be in contact with our teams until we are ready to re-open."
The restaurant will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 23.
The Old Saybrook and Westbrook Liv's Shacks locations were not impacted by the positive test result and will continue daily operations.