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Jenny Levison, the owner of Souper Jenny, Tuesday on Facebook announced she would be temporarily closing the restaurant chain’s Brookhaven location after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
“Good morning everyone, it’s Tuesday. I guess it was inevitable but we are having to shut down our Brookhaven store,” Levison said in an intimate video on the social media platform. “Someone in the kitchen tested positive. It’s very frustrating. We’ve been doing everything correctly. They have no symptoms.”
Georgia law does not require businesses to temporarily close when its workers contract the novel coronavirus nor does it mandate that the information be made public, but Levison joins a growing list of Atlanta restaurants that are making the decision to do both, voluntarily.
“I can’t imagine a restaurant that could be doing more than we are to stay safe,” Levison said. “We’ve been doing takeout this whole time but we’re going to be shut down, we’re going to get everyone retested. At this point, I would say all of our employees have had multiple tests and I know there are a lot of people worse off than us, but this is just very frustrating. So, I’ll be taking some deep breaths. Our other stores are still open and we will be back as soon as we can.”
[Editor’s note: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving as is its effect on Atlanta, and the City’s businesses and its residents. Click here for What Now Atlanta’s ongoing coverage of the crisis. For guidance and updates on the pandemic, please visit the C.D.C. website.]