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St. Petersburg’s Noble Crust closing temporarily after employee tests positive for COVID-19

The restaurant found out about the exposure Wednesday morning.
The bar at Noble Crust in St. Petersburg, photographed in 2015. The restaurant has temporarily closed after an employee at the restaurant tested positive for COVID-19.
The bar at Noble Crust in St. Petersburg, photographed in 2015. The restaurant has temporarily closed after an employee at the restaurant tested positive for COVID-19. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times (2015) ]
Published Jun. 17, 2020|Updated Jun. 18, 2020

St. Petersburg’s Noble Crust has temporarily closed after an employee at the restaurant tested positive for COVID-19.

The announcement was made on the restaurant’s Facebook page Wednesday afternoon and said the owners were informed of the exposure this morning.

“We want to ensure our guests that this team member contracted the virus through an isolated incident outside of our restaurant,” the post said. “No team member at our location has ever shown any symptoms or signs. Our entire staff is being immediately tested and will only return when they receive a negative result.”

ST. PETE LOCATION • This morning we learned that one of our staff members at our St. Pete location has tested positive...

Posted by Noble Crust on Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The news follows a string of similar incidents reported at Tampa Bay-area restaurants and bars, where a growing number of employees are testing positive for COVID-19, prompting some restaurants to shut down while others remain open.

Related: Coronavirus cases up at Tampa Bay bars and restaurants, with little guidance on how to handle

Noble Crust’s St. Petersburg location will reopen once the entire staff has tested negative and the Southern-Italian restaurant is treated to a “professional deep clean,” the owners said. Nothing has been reported at the local chain’s Wesley Chapel and Carrollwood locations.

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