WESTFIELD, NJ — A popular restaurant and bar in Downtown Westfield has reopened for business following its closure due to an employee’s positive coronavirus test.
Addams Tavern was among four establishments in the Harvest Restaurant Group located in Union and Morris counties to temporarily close last week after employees at each location tested positive for coronavirus.
Downtown Westfield Corporation on Thursday afternoon announced that Addams Tavern had reopened. A sign placed on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant that night instructed diners to see the host inside and said that tables had a time limit of 90 minutes.
Outdoor seating was set up on the sidewalk, including some tables situated next to heating lamps, and certain tables inside the restaurant were blocked off to create space for social distancing, a visit by TAPinto Westfield found.
The one Addams Tavern employee with coronavirus was not at the restaurant during the virus’ infectious period, according to the Westfield Regional Health Department.
While just one employee at Addams Tavern had tested positive for coronavirus, according to health officials, seven employees had tested positive for the virus at Roots Steakhouse in Summit, another establishment in the Harvest Restaurant Group, and additional employees had tested positive for the virus at the Huntley Tavern in Summit and Tabor Road Tavern in Morris Plains.
The Westfield Regional Health Department had issued an advisory posted by the City of Summit asking that anyone who was at the bar area of Roots Steakhouse Nov. 3 — 12 be tested for coronavirus and that other customers who visited the restaurant during that time consult a physician.
The spate of COVID-19 cases at the restaurants first became public when an employee, who quit Roots Steakhouse in protest Nov. 11, posted to Facebook that there was a “severe Covid outbreak” among employees at the restaurant. Following that posting, the restaurant group announced on Facebook that those four establishments would be temporarily closing as a result of the coronavirus cases.
Under a statewide executive order Gov. Phil Murphy enacted Nov. 12, restaurants, bars clubs and lounges must close for indoor seating by 10 p.m. The order comes amid the state Health Department reporting a rise in the number of coronavirus cases, the extent of which New Jersey has not seen since the pandemic began in March.
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