Eller’s Restaurant to close until Thursday after kitchen worker tests positive for COVID-19

Eller’s Restaurant in Leicester, Massachusetts, has announced it will close until Thursday after a kitchen worker tested positive for COVID-19.

The restaurant — located in the Cherry Valley neighborhood of the town just west of Worcester — announced the news Monday in a social media post.

“We have one kitchen employee that has tested positive for Covid” the restaurant wrote in a Facebook post. “He is asymptomatic and is still feeling well. No other staff are currently symptomatic.”

The restaurant says it reached the decision to close until Thursday after working with a Board of Health agent.

“This is not been asked of us, as all safety measures have been and are are being taken,” the restaurant says. “However, we would like to wait till all employees that worked with said employee, have been tested and are negative before returning to work for the safety of our team and our guests.”

According to Eller’s, the entire restaurant will be disinfected while closed. Upon reopening, employees will be temperature-checked before their shifts.

The Board of Health will be conducting a full inspection before reopening on Thursday at 4 p.m., the restaurant says.

On Sunday, Massachusetts reported 626 new COVID cases and three more coronavirus deaths. The total number of statewide cases now stands at 132,440.

The number of Massachusetts communities considered at “high risk” for coronavirus spread, according to the state’s latest COVID risk assessment map as of Sunday, has expanded to 23. Those towns and cities are Attleboro, Avon, Boston, Chelsea, Dracut, Everett, Framingham, Haverhill, Holliston, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Lynnfield, Marlborough, Methuen, Middleton, Nantucket, New Bedford, North Andover, Revere, Springfield, Winthrop and Worcester.

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