Wellington Grille closes temporarily, urges diners to get tested after employee’s positive COVID-19 test

Dining room of the Wellington Grille in Beavercreek. 2013 file photo by CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
Dining room of the Wellington Grille in Beavercreek. 2013 file photo by CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

Credit: Dayton Daily News

Credit: Dayton Daily News

Customers who ate at the Beavercreek restaurant on Dec. 25-26 may have been exposed

The owners of The Wellington Grille in Beavercreek are urging customers who ate at the restaurant on Christmas Day or Dec. 26 to get tested as a precaution after a member of the restaurant’s staff tested positive for COVID-19, the owners wrote on the Wellington Grille’s Facebook page early this morning, Sunday Jan. 3.

“Unfortunately, here at the Wellington, we have suffered another positive Covid Test with a member of our staff,” the post said. “As of this evening, in coordination with the local health department protocols and safety measures, we are temporarily closed for the time being as we have our entire staff tested and the restaurant sanitized thoroughly.

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“We do encourage anyone that dined with us during the dates of December 25-26th to get tested as well as a precaution. Our staff is doing well now and hopefully out of the woods and will return with the rest of staff once their quarantine is finished and they (have been) cleared by the health department. ... We will see you again soon and will update everyone on our re-opening date as soon as we can.”

The fine-dining restaurant at 2450 Dayton-Xenia Road in Beavercreek experienced a similar temporary shutdown for the same reason in mid-October.

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Restaurants are under no legal obligation to publicly disclose positive COVID-19 tests among employees. Those that have done so have received praise from their customers on social media for their transparency.

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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