New Paltz restaurant closes after employee tests positive for Covid-19

Garvan McCloskey of Garvan’s Gastropub in New Paltz. (Photo by Lauren Thomas)

12/4 update: The restaurant has delayed its planned reopening date to Thursday, December 10. The following message was posted this week on Facebook:

Hi folks, just an update on reopening plans. We had hoped to reopen this Fri 12/4 but have now pushed this out to next Thursday 12/10 out of caution only. We were advised that testing was most meaningful at least 5 days AFTER last contact with an infected person, which meant our guys have been doing tests in the last few days up to yesterday Tuesday. It would be very optimistic to assume all tests would be back before the weekend, and also this gives us a full two-week break so that close contacts can quarantine successfully without having to come to work, nobody so far has reported any symptoms which is great.

Leonie and I have been overwhelmed with the positive response and lovely wishes of you all, this too shall pass and we’ll have great times again, God Bless and stay safe x
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Garvan’s Gastropub, located at 215 Huguenot Street in New Paltz, announced over the weekend that it would close until Friday, December 4 after learning that a member of its staff tested positive for Covid-19. Over the next week, according to a message posted to the restaurant’s social media pages, the building will be thoroughly cleaned, other staff members will be tested, and new practices put in place to reduce risks of exposure.

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Here is the full message posted Saturday, November 28:

Yesterday morning (Black Friday!) we were notified of a positive COVID test on a member of our staff, completely asymptomatic, a bit of a jolt. We spent the morning talking with excellent staff from Ulster County and taking guidance from CDC. We were told there was no requirement to close at this time but we decided to go over and above the recommendation, close up shop, effect a deep clean, keep an eye on everyone for symptoms in the days to come and get everyone tested to protect each other and especially our loyal customers. If all goes well we hope to open again next Friday 12/4, and to redouble our efforts at mitigating the risks of exposure. Thanks for your understanding and amazing support in this unprecedented year, Please God the Cavalry is on the way with vaccines etc, better days ahead!

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