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1 more Inland restaurant temporarily closes because of coronavirus concerns – Press Enterprise

At least one more Inland restaurant has temporarily shut its doors as the dining industry looks for a way forward in the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Emilio’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina in San Jacinto announced on Facebook last week that it would be temporarily closing until further notice after one of its employees tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

“We are taking the necessary precautions to positively solve this issue and make sure that before reopening our team members have successfully tested negative, are healthy and our facilities professionally disinfected,” the post reads.

Emilio’s, a meeting place for the San Jacinto Rotary Club, is a full-service family restaurant that was founded in 1983.

The seafood chain Bluewater Grill has reopened all of its locations, including one in Temecula, after closing down at the end of June “out of an abundance of caution.”

Voluntary closures usually come to light when businesses announce them to their customers on social media.

But Riverside and San Bernardino counties’ environmental health departments have added COVID-19 guidelines to their routine inspections and responded to customer complaints about such matters as restaurant employees not wearing masks.

Health officials in both counties wrote up dozens of restaurants in July for such matters as employees wearing masks over their mouths but not their noses; allowing guests to pour their own coffee or use self-service soft drink fountains; allowing guests to eat in dining rooms; not spacing outside dining tables; not posting signs at entrances telling customers to wear masks and social-distance; and not checking employees’ temperatures.

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Restaurants were also written up for failing to have site-specific protection plans, which outline how employees will be trained to limit the spread of COVID-19, how employees will be screened, and how the property will be disinfected.

Both counties also conducted inspections, some by phone in response to COVID-19 complaints.

Notable examples include Abby’s Cafe in Hemet, which was visited July 22 after an earlier phone interview due to multiple complaints of indoor dining. The Riverside County inspector reported nine failures to follow guidelines, including customers dining inside, a lack of social distancing among employees, and customers using salt and pepper shakers.

In Mentone, a San Bernardino County inspector visited Mill Creek Cattle Co. on July 15 and observed employees not wearing masks during food preparation. The report also noted there were no signs instructing customers to wear masks when not eating or to maintain social distancing, and that there was no COVID-19 protection plan.

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