On May 25, the Scottsdale-based Oregano’s Pizza Bistro announced that a staff member at its Queen Creek location had tested positive. Later that week, La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen in Gilbert made a similar announcement, though the employee had not worked since May 19, meaning there been less exposure to other staff members and customers.
Arizona bars and eateries are not required to close if a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, but many have, again.
The Shop Beer Co. closed its tasting room on June 8 after learning a team member, who “is in good spirits and on the path to recovery,” tested positive.
Hash Kitchen in Arcadia, as well as Alo Cafe in Scottsdale, have closed and since reopened due to staff members coming into contact with someone who received a positive COVID-19 test result. The Porch, also in Arcadia, is temporarily closed as of June 11 for the same reason.
Both the downtown Chandler and Uptown Phoenix locations of San Tan Brewing Co. (as well as San Tan's tasting room Spirit House) closed on June 12 after two employees tested positive.
“We’re encouraging our employees to get tested and take additional safety precautions,” reads a statement from SanTan. “While we’re closed, all areas of our restaurants will be thoroughly sanitized. Our doors will re-open once we have ensured that it is safe to serve you again.”
This follows national news of Arizona COVID-19 cases reaching record highs, and Maricopa County reporting its worst week yet in terms of cases.