New Jersey city warns patrons of Roots Steakhouse about potential COVID-19 exposure

SUMMIT, N.J. (WCBS 880) — New Jersey residents who dined at a popular steakhouse in Summit may have possibly been exposed to COVID-19.

According to the City of Summit’s Facebook post, anyone who spent time in the bar area at Roots, located at 401 Springfield Avenue, between Nov. 3 and Nov. 12 was potentially exposed to the virus and should be tested.

Anyone who dined in another part of the restaurant, or outdoors, is also encouraged to be tested.

The health alert comes from the Westfield Regional Health Department after Harvest Restaurant Group confirmed multiple employees at the restaurant had tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the city, “The restaurant has been fully cooperative with the health department’s investigation and has voluntarily closed on November 12 and will remain closed for a minimum of two weeks.”

According to an report, contact tracing is ongoing and the health department began its investigation following notification of the first employee’s positive test result last week.

Megan Avallone, the health department’s director, tells the news outlet that the employees who tested positive for the virus spent time together outside of work as well.

In a Facebook post, Roots’ owner Chip Grabowski said they are cooperating with the health department.

“We have recently been notified of positive Covid-19 test results of Harvest employees at four of our restaurants. In order to exercise an abundance of caution, we have decided to temporarily close the four locations, (Roots Steakhouse and Huntley Taverne in Summit, Addams Tavern in Westfield, and Tabor Road Tavern in Morris Plains), until further notice,” he wrote.

He continued: “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have worked closely with local and state health officials to ensure we are following all appropriate protocols. Temporarily closing our four locations is not a result of government mandate but rather a decision on the part of Harvest Group to err on the side of caution.”

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