Tipp City brewhouse alerts customers they may have been exposed after owners test positive for COVID-19

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

The latest addition to Tipp City’s dining scene is closed temporarily after its husband-and-wife owners both tested positive for COVID-19.

In a post on Facebook on Monday, Dec. 8, Chaffee’s Brewhouse owners Lisa Smith-Richards and her husband, Shawn Richards, warned that those customers who were in the brewhouse on Thursday, Dec. 3 through Saturday, Dec. 5 may have been exposed to the virus. The owners also announced that, due to the test result, Chaffee’s Brewhouse will be closed until at least Wednesday, Dec. 9, in order to thoroughly clean all of the surfaces.

Friends and Family, Shawn and I have been diagnosed with Covid 19. If you were in the bar last Thursday, Friday or...

Posted by Chaffee’s Brewhouse on Monday, December 7, 2020

Chaffee’s Brewhouse opened to the public in September in downtown Tipp City, offering an assortment of local beer and wine.

Many people wished the owners a speedy recovery in the comments section of the post, including the Downtown Tipp City Partnership, which wrote “Take care and get some rest!”

There are no laws requiring restaurants or other businesses to publicly disclose positive COVID-19 tests among employees. According to Responsible Restart Ohio protocols created by state health officials and Gov. Mike DeWine to help keep the coronavirus pandemic in check, it is mandatory for bars and restaurants to “immediately isolate and seek medical care for any individual who develops symptoms while at work, contact the local health district about suspected cases or exposures, and shut down the area for deep sanitation if possible.”

The “recommended best practices” in such cases call upon a restaurant or bar to “work with the local health department to identify potentially infected or exposed individuals to help facilitate effective contact tracing/notifications; once testing is readily available, test all suspected infections or exposures; and following testing, contact the local health department to initiate appropriate care and tracing,” according to the Responsible Restart Ohio document.

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