BOULDER, CO — As many companies choose to stay open despite coronavirus outbreaks among their employees, a Boulder brewing company said it's choosing "to do the right thing" and close temporarily after one of its employees tested positive for the virus.
Twisted Pine Brewing Ale House, at 3201 Walnut St., has closed "in an abundance of caution," the company's president, Bob Baile, said in a letter to patrons.
"We were notified [Thursday] morning from an employee that they have tested positive for COVID-19," Baile's letter read. "As soon as we found out we made the decision to close our tap room immediately."
"The employee had mild symptoms this week and went for a test which came back positive. The employee last worked for us on Monday, 7/20/2020, and at that time did not have any symptoms. Per our protocol, all staff are screened for symptoms before their shift and to this date no fever was displayed by any employee.
"We feel the chance of transmission is low but it is our obligation to be upfront and clear with anyone that may have come into contact with them."
The company is arranging for all staff to undergo testing and will "remain closed until further notice," Baile said.
"As painful as it is to re-close our business, the last thing we want to do is provide potential exposure to our staff and customers," Baile's letter read.
"Those of you that have visited our Ale House since June 1st have seen first hand the seriousness with which we take this pandemic and our efforts to combat it. This is uncharted territory for all of us, but together we will contain and overcome this virus. This is a community effort not an individual one."