Historic Griswold Inn in Essex closed on Easter Sunday after employee tests positive for COVID-19 - but customers given free takeout

Daniela Altimari, Hartford Courant
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The Griswold Inn, a historic establishment in Essex that has been serving food and drink since 1776, had to close on Easter Sunday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

The inn had 350 reservations on Sunday. Many of those customers were given takeout meals of turkey and ham free of charge, said dining manager Maura Devlin.

“Today was a tough day,’' Devlin said.

Additional employees will be tested for the coronavirus; the results will determine when the inn can reopen, Devlin said.

Under state guidelines, restaurant employees who test positive for the coronavirus should inform their employers and follow state testing and contact tracing protocols through the local health district. It’s recommended that restaurants undergo 24-hour passive decontamination in the event of a positive case, and follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting.

The Griswold Inn, known as “the Gris,’' is one of the nation’s oldest continuously operated inns in the nation.