MANCHESTER, NH — Four popular restaurants have announced they have temporarily closed due to precautions being taken due to COVID-19. Employees at three of the four restaurants confirmed they had staff who tested positive for COVID-19.
The two most recent of the four to announce is the Puritan Backroom and Cafe La Reine. This past weekend, Campo Enoteca/Republic, and BluAqua Restrobar on Elm Street closed temporarily.
Staff at the Backroom, Campo Enoteca, and BluAqua Restrobar all confirmed they had staff with positive COVID-19.
On Campo’s website it had a post announcing the recently merged Campo Entoteca and Republic were temporarily closing.
On Facebook BluAqua posted, “Yesterday, I received word that a staff member tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. The staff member has not worked since Friday 9/4 and did not show any symptoms until Wednesday 9/9 at home.”
On the website for the Puritan Backroom a message says: “The Puritan Backroom will be closed on Tuesday, 9/15, and on Wednesday, 9/16, because a Puritan employee has tested positive for COVID-19. While this employee is asymptomatic, we feel it is best to err on the side of caution and take a brief operational pause. The health and safety of our guests and employees is of utmost importance, and we will be taking a number of steps over the next couple days to ensure that feeling of trust.”
The message continues with “We are working closely with the Manchester Department of Health and Human Services to follow all of their COVID-19 response guidelines. We understand these are unprecedented times, and we appreciate your support and patience as we do our best to safely navigate through them together.”
Management at Cafe La Reine on Elm Street also announced Tuesday that it would temporarily close “out of an abundance of caution” to allow staff to be tested for COVID-19, though no employees had tested positive as of Tuesday. It is unclear what prompted the decision, but they are closely located to the two other Elm Street restaurants. Three of the four restaurants are on Elm Street and are within a two block area.
Patch will update this post as more information becomes available.