For the second time in two days, and for the third time this month, a Block Island business has closed down due to an employee showing symptoms consistent with Covid-19. Alicia Miro, owner of The Cracked Mug coffeeshop on Ocean Avenue, made the following announcement on social media about 9 p.m. Wednesday evening:
In an abundance of caution for our staff and patrons, The Cracked Mug will be closed until further notice.
Late this evening, an employee was possibly showing signs of Covid 19 and out of precaution for our employees and customers we will be closed until the entire staff is tested and receives their results back. In the meanwhile the space will be deep cleaned and sanitized — every surface and every wall and appliance.
While I understand this may make panic in our small community, we will be as open and transparent over the next few days upon receiving results and direction from the Block Island Medical Center and The Rhode Island Department of Health.
I appreciate your understanding.
The Cracked Mug
On Monday, the Bagel Shop in Bridge Gate Square announced it was closing for the very same reason. Allison Brown, owner of the Bagel Shop, said her business was cooperating with the Department of Health and the Block Island Medical Center to ensure the safety of the staff, its customers and the island. She said her staff was being tested.
Earlier this month, Finn’s Restaurant announced that one of its seasonal workers tested positive, and it immediately shut down and said its staff would be tested and the restaurant thoroughly cleaned. The entire staff at Finn’s tested negative for the virus. The restaurant and the fish market have since reopened.