ABILENE, TX — Two Abilene restaurants have temporarily closed after employees tested positive for COVID-19.
According to KTXS, The Taylor County Taphouse closed on Thursday but clarified there is no reason to believe patrons were at risk.
The restaurant provided its patrons with the following Facebook message:
“It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that one of our staff members has tested positive for COVID-19. While all sanitation protocols were followed, masks and gloves worn, sanitizing stations utilized, even a complete deep clean and fogging of the building by Armament Shield, we feel we have no choice but to shut down for two weeks and quarantine all employees out of an abundance of caution.”
“We have no reason to believe that the safety of our guests was compromised at any point, but feel that it is in the best interest of all parties involved to take this two week period to assure the safety of guests and staff alike.”
“We appreciate your patience through this difficult time and can't wait to be open again. We will miss you all and look forward to seeing your smiling faces soon. Thank you for your business and your understanding in this trying time.”
-Josh Robinson, Owner
Cooper Creek closed their doors on Monday and asked their patrons to support local restaurants during the pandemic.
The following message was posted on Facebook:
“In light of a recent employee with a positive test of COVID-19, Copper Creek will be temporarily closed.”
“Copper Creek has and will continue to use all protocols that medical experts tell us are the key to preventing the spread of COVID-19. Copper Creek will continue to go above and beyond to protect customers and employees, but still, we know they will encounter cases of COVID-19 just like every business that serves the public.”
“Please know that when a restaurant temporarily closes due to a case of COVID-19, it’s because they’re taking every precaution to protect our communities. It’s a sign of care, not failure, and portraying them in a negative light for acting responsibly only encourages other businesses to cut corners with our health and safety.”
“We can’t afford to relax our fight against COVID-19, and we can’t afford to lose our economy either. Copper Creek Restaurant will continue to do all we can, prioritizing customer and employee safety. We need our communities to partner with us by following the health recommendations and supporting local restaurants that are doing all they can to survive this crisis and safely provide for their customers and the millions of families who depend on them.
We will be back in full force once it’s safe to do so.”