A couple weekends ago, Aberdeen’s Zoo Bar and Lagers complained about being singled out in the press for having had a patron who spent hours at each establishment and then tested positive for covid-19. The Zoo Bar and Lagers stayed open.
Up Main Street this week, Roma Ristorante Italiano (one of the Aberdeen establishments at the top of my list of where to bring visitors for a memorable meal) had “a positive COVID19 test in our facility.” They didn’t wait for the Department of Health to make an announcement. They announced the coronavirus case themselves and closed the restaurant:
Temporarily close due to having a positive COVID19 test in our facility. We want our customers to know we have went above and beyond all guidelines and we are shocked and heartbroken that this is happening. We feel its in our customers best interests to temporarily close until other tests come back and we have time to recover. We hope everyone stay safe and we hope Aberdeen community will continue to support us as they always have [Roma Ristorante Italiano, FB post, 2020.05.29].
I ordered take-out at Roma’s last month. I can attest that then, they were being careful. I can’t speak personally to how well people were observing social distancing through the May reopening of in-house dining. But no one establishment can prevent coronavirus by itself. Everyone has to be careful.