Macon restaurant group reopened before employee COVID-19 tests came back

Macon restaurant group, Moonhanger, has had to close again after some employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Moonhanger released a statedment on Facebook announcing the news of an unexpected news. The restaurant group had reopened Rookery, H&H, Dovetail, and Natalia's on Tuesday, May 26 and the dining rooms have since been closed again.

Wes Griffith of Moonhanger's spoke with WGXA and confirmed that the company arranged drive through testing for its 200 employees on May 20 and May 21. The company hoped to get all test results back before the restaurants reopened on Tuesday, but that did not pan out and not all employees took advantage of the testing.

Griffith says the restaurant group did not require any employees to return to work and even offered medical leave for workers with issues and underlying conditions. He also says that those who tested positive for COVID-19 were asymptomatic.

"Though we didn’t have all the results yet, we re-opened anyway. We were confident, based on the low number of positive results reported in Bibb county, that none of our employees would test positive and we hoped to share that news with the public. Unfortunately and surprisingly, we have employees who have tested positive. All of them were a-symptomatic." says Griffith.

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