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Tallahassee restaurants, bars close as employees test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 6:03 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 18:03:27-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Iron Daisy closed this week after employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Now, Potbelly's has the same story.

The owner of Potbelly's says after one employee tested positive, that was it. They tested everyone and found more staff tested positive for the coronavirus.

Potbelly's is closed for at least the next week and they say they want to do everything they can to keep people safe.

"We had some employees that tested positive so, out of safety for those around us, we decided to close down, follow CDC protocols," said Albert Hansen, the general manager at Potbelly's. "We immediately went into testing protocol and had everyone go out and get tested. We're closing down until we can assess who's positive and who's negative on our staff."

Re-opening could be delayed depending on those test results.

Testing sites continue to operate in our area, including FAMU at Bragg stadium, though not on Sundays.

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare said while they've seen a steady increase in positive cases, it's not at the alarming rates other Florida counties have seen.

Potbelly's owners also run Brick House and it's also closed as a precaution.

Before returning to work owners are urging employees not to go out carelessly without masks or around large crowds.