2 Restaurants Shut Down As Employees Test Positive For COVID-19

Jaime E. Love

PLAINFIELD, IL — Two popular Plainfield eateries have decided to cease operations temporarily amid the pandemic after one employee from each tested positive for COVID-19.

In a social media post, Sovereign staff announced that it will be closing its doors at least until 5 p.m. Wednesday. According to them, the said employee last worked on July 3 and “although we have faith in our systems and sanitation, we are not willing to risk the safety of our patrons and employees.”

The post also said that despite Wednesday being the goal, the restaurant will not reopen until all the employees have been tested and the place has been cleaned and sanitized.

“These are crazy, crazy times, and we cannot thank each and every one of you enough for sticking with us through this,” the Facebook post said. “Our fans are the best, and we will always appreciate you. Please please please… stay safe, stay healthy, and stay tuned here on our FB page for all updates.”

Another popular destination for diners in the village, Werk Force Brewing, also announced in a Facebook post that in abundance of caution, it will remain temporarily closed. They were notified Saturday that an employee has tested positive for the coronavirus. As soon as this was discovered, the owners decided to close the taproom immediately.

“The employee had mild symptoms this week (while not at work) and went for a test which came back positive today,” the post said. “The employee last worked for us last Sunday 7/5 and at that time did not have any symptoms. We feel the chance of transmission is low but it is our moral obligation to be upfront and clear with anyone that may have come into contact with them.”

Brewery owners said it “pains us to re-close down our business but the last thing we want to do is provide potential exposure to our staff and customers.”

The post also mentioned that they are requiring all staff members to get tested.

“We applaud our staff member for their bravery and clear communication with us, and we hope for their speedy recovery,” the Facebook post stated. “This is uncharted territory for all of us but together we will contain and overcome this virus. This is a community effort not an individual one.”

Patch has reached out for comment from Werk Force Brewing, and they have not responded.

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