Caffe Italia joins Albany’s Tipsy Moose in temporarily closing over COVID-19 – Times Union

ALBANY — Caffe Italia joined a growing list of restaurants that has had to temporarily shutdown after one of its employees was exposed to COVID-19.

As in the case of the Albany location of the Tipsy Moose, which also announced its temporary closure Wednesday, it was a kitchen worker who had possible contact with the virus.

At the Tipsy Moose, its worker did test positive. In Caffe Italia’s case, the employee had “exposure to individuals outside of work that have tested positive for COVID-19. This employee notified us immediately and has since gone to get tested and is awaiting results.”

Caffe Italia said the employee last worked on July 18.

“Our top priority (is) to ensure the health and safety of our staff, customers, and families,” the Central Avenue restaurant posted on its Facebook page Wednesday.  Caffe Italia said it has remained diligent with sanitation efforts and with using PPE.

“We will be closed until further notice in order for all staff members to be tested and to sanitize our establishment,” the restaurant said.

The Tipsy Moose location in Albany said it closed Tuesday afternoon to sanitize the restaurant after a kitchen worker there tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee received the positive test results Tuesday afternoon. The person worked at the restaurant July 17 and 18. The employee had no symptoms, but got tested “due to personal contact outside of work.”

“The health & safety of our staff and customers is paramount, and we will continue to go above and beyond at all of our locations to ensure that we are doing our part to help combat COVID-19,” the restaurant said in a statement on its Facebook page.

The Tipsy Moose locations in Latham and Troy remain open. The restaurant did not say when the Albany location will reopen.

Other restaurants have had to temporarily shutdown and have employees tested, as well as sanitize all surfaces, after staff tested positive for coronavirus – including Delmonico’s in Colonie and Clifton Park, as well as the Philly Bar and Lounge in Latham.