5 OTR bars, restaurants close in order for staff to be tested for COVID-19

The closures come after one worker might have tested positive for the virus, owner says

5 OTR bars, restaurants close in order for staff to be tested for COVID-19
The owner wrote on his Facebook page that a BOH worker at the Pontiac Bourbon & BBQ “likely tested positive” for the virus. (Source: WXIX)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The owner of five Over-the-Rhine restaurants and bars is taking precautionary measures after an employee at one of the locations might have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Daniel Wright wrote on his Facebook page that a back of the house (BOH) worker at the Pontiac Bourbon & BBQ “likely tested positive” for the virus.

The worker was asymptomatic and took the test after possibly encountering someone who had the coronavirus, according to Wright.

As a result, Wright said his five OTR restaurants and bars were closed Tuesday so all staff can get tested.

But, as Wright says, the decision to close for the day was not forced on them.

He says this choice was made to ensure the safety of everyone.

“The only way our company can guarantee everyone’s safety and discovering asymptomatic employees is through mandatory testing,” Wright wrote on Facebook. “Taking care of staff and our guests is our top priority.”

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Posted by Daniel Wright on Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Wright added in his post that this might be something restaurants could “consider doing monthly or bi-monthly,” until the coronavirus pandemic has ended.

Wright is the owner of Abigail Street, Forty Thieves, Holiday Spirits, Pontiac Bourbon & BBQ and the SENATE Restaurant in OTR as well Senate-Blue Ash.

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