Four restaurants in Portsmouth have temporarily closed after employees tested positive for COVID-19.
On Monday, The Rosa and its sister restaurant, Martingale Wharf, announced they are closing after a staff member at The Rosa tested positive for COVID-19. The Rosa had reopened earlier this month after being closed since the start of the pandemic.
Late last week, management at Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Cafe and Flatbread Company, which are located along the same block in downtown Portsmouth, announced that they would close temporarily after employees at both eateries tested positive for coronavirus.
“We have been overwhelmed by your generosity in welcoming us back as we reopened this fall,” management said in a post on The Rosa’s Facebook page. “Unfortunately one of our employees has tested positive for COVID 19, and in the best interest of the community and our staff we deem it necessary to close temporarily.”
Martingale Wharf, located on the waterfront, posted a similar message. Both restaurants stressed they were not required to close, but did so as a safety precaution.
Health officials issued a warning Sunday to anyone who sat at the bar at Jumpin’ Jay’s on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 between 5-9 p.m., Oct. 2 and 3 between 5-10 p.m. and Oct. 4 between 5-9 p.m. Those patrons may have been exposed and should call DHHS at 271-4496 for further guidance, the department said in a news release.
DHHS said it has already notified known close contacts directly.
“As you may know, Jumpin’ Jay’s is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 exposure among our staff despite carefully following the Governor’s Universal Guidelines for restaurants,” restaurant management said in a statement.
“We have been testing and quarantining our entire team while working closely with DHHS to conduct contact tracing as necessary. Please know that we have met or exceeded state and CDC guidelines in our quick and independent decision to close, test and quarantine as the safety of our staff and guests is our top priority. Our facility has been professionally cleaned and we will not reopen until it is safe and prudent to do so.”
Flatbread Company announced on Facebook Oct. 8 that one of its employees tested positive. The employee had last worked at the restaurant on Oct. 4, according to a post on the restaurant’s social media account.
“With the well-being of our team members, guests, as well as community in mind, we have decided to close until further notice,” the Facebook post states.
None of the four restaurants have indicated when they may reopen.