'The Little Chihuahua' closes Divisadero location after 3 employees test positive for COVID-19

Divisadero, Mission, Nob Hill, Noe Valley

Photo: Cole D./Yelp

The Little Chihuahua closed its Divisadero location (at 292 Divisadero St.) today  after three asymptomatic employees tested positive for COVID-19.

The restaurant will remain closed until further notice, according to restaurant representative Leslie Liberatore. Its other locations in Noe Valley, the Mission and Nob Hill will remain open.

Liberatore said Little Chihuahua has implemented extra sanitation measures at all of its locations, such as wiping down surfaces every hour, and has also tested employees, including those who do not show symptoms.

“We don’t fault anybody,” Liberatore said. “We are trying to figure out where it’s coming from."

All employees are required to wear masks and follow other public health guidelines, but the risk of infection is a reality that many restaurateurs have to face.

“It’s just a sign of the times,” Liberatore said. “You can do everything but this pandemic is bigger than all of us.”

According to the CDC, there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Liberatore said there isn't a clearly defined protocol from the Department of Health about what to do when employees test positive for the virus — the eatery wasn't required by law to close down.

She said when co-owner Andrew Johnstone heard about the employees who tested positive, there was no question that he would shut the location down. Liberatore said Johnstone wants to be transparent with the public about the closure, even though his team can't pinpoint the source of the spread.

As far as reopening the Divisadero location, Liberatore said the owners aren't sure.

“We are going to take it day by day,” she said.

Keep an eye on Little Chihuahua’s Facebook and Instagram feeds for updates.