SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Red Rose Pizzeria in Springfield announced Thursday morning they will be closed for two weeks due to COVID-19.
According to Red Rose’s Facebook post, they will be closed for two weeks starting Thursday to extensively clean and sanitize the restaurant as well as requiring all staff members to quarantine.
22News spoke with other downtown restaurant owners who say, while closing your establishment during these unprecedented times is a hard decision to make, it’s what’s needed to make customers feel safe.
“Any responsible restauranteur would have done what they did in the spirit of protecting their employees and the consumer,” said Andy Yee, co-owner of the Student Prince Cafe and Fort Restaurant.
The infected Red Rose employees worked at the back of the restaurant and away from customers. In a statement, the owners of Red Rose said they will be quarantining all staff for the two weeks as well as extensively cleaning and sanitizing.
Nadim Kashouh of Nadim’s Downtown Mediterranean Grill said if his restaurant were to close down temporarily they would feel the impact for a long time.
“As a business owner it is really something you don’t want to be subjected to,” said Kashouh. “Unfortunately, it happened and it’s sad to hear.”
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said that the local board of health will continue to work closely with Red Rose as they prepare for reopening on November 5.
Red Rose posted the following statement to their Facebook page:
“The coronavirus has impacted the entire world and unfortunately, it has reached our beloved restaurant. Even though we have complied and even went beyond the recommendations of the CDC and Board of Health, COVID-19 has still reached us. We have chosen to close for two weeks holding the safety of our valued guests and that of the staff at Red Rose in the highest regard. We will be closing for 2 weeks starting Thursday, October 22, 2020, and will be going through an extensive sanitation regimen as well as a quarantine for all staff members. We will be reopening as of November 5, 2020, and look forward to seeing you all again then. These are truly trying times however our belief is that through community and family we will one day soon be back to normal. Please stay safe until we can welcome you all back in again.”