Employees at popular Tampa restaurant The Bricks test positive for coronavirus, forcing temporary closure

A re-opening date is scheduled for later this month.

click to enlarge Employees at popular Tampa restaurant The Bricks test positive for coronavirus, forcing temporary closure

As one of the most popular bars in Ybor City, The Bricks has hosted a number of events over the years, and even hosted a Halloween party over the weekend.

That’s on pause for now.

In an Instagram message posted Monday, the bar, located at 1327 E. 7th Ave, said several of its staff members tested positive for coronavirus and that a temporary closure is in place until Nov. 15.

“We recommend anyone who has visited the Bricks within the last 10 days to get tested and follow the CDC guidelines,” the restaurant wrote, adding that any questions may be sent to [email protected]. “We appreciate the support understanding as we get through this pandemic together.”

At this point, it's unclear exactly how many employees tested positive and when.  Creative Loafing Tampa Bay reached out to a rep from The Bricks for comment. 

You may remember earlier this year, Meat Market in Hyde Park notifies public of COVID-19 exposure when one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19. Immediately, the restaurant executed protocols like contact tracing and a 14-day quarantine period for the employee to alleviate any future risk.

According to the CDC, restaurants aren’t required to alert customers when employees test positive, but they are required to tell local health officials and anyone in close contact with the sick employee.

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