COVID 19: While some restaurants see uptick in business, others forced to close

COVID 19: While some restaurants see uptick in business, others forced to close

CHARLOTTE — Some businesses are shutting their doors again as others continue to reopen after being closed for several months.

Several restaurants in the Charlotte area have decided to close after employees tested positive for COVID-19. The Waterman in the South End and Stagioni’s in Myers Park are temporarily closing after seeing positive cases.

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“I think all restaurants in Charlotte and nationwide are financially compromised at this point, so to kind of add to our misery, was a difficult decision,” said Bruce Moffett, owner of Stagioni.

Stagioni’s announced it was temporarily closing on Wednesday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Although the employee is asymptomatic, Moffett said they decided to temporarily close to allow the entire staff to get tested.

“We tried to put the long-term good of our employees and our customers ahead of personal gain,” he said.

The restaurant will be thoroughly cleaned over the weekend. If no other staff tests positive, Stagioni’s plans to reopen on Tuesday.

“It’s important for the public to get used to the fact that restaurants and businesses in general are going to be struggling with this, and it doesn’t mean that we’re doing a poor job or not clean. It just means the numbers caught up with us,” Moffett said.

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