Another Berkshire County restaurant has closed this week because of possible coronavirus exposure.
The Brick House Pub in Housatonic has shut temporarily, after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Mark Caiola, the pub’s owner, told The Eagle he closed the doors Tuesday night, after one of his servers learned that others who had attended the same Halloween party had tested positive.
The server, who was asymptomatic and still is, tested positive Wednesday and now is in quarantine. They had handled one to-go order Tuesday, he said.
“The minute we found out, we closed the doors,” he said. “We went right to the Board of Health and were following the protocol. The health inspector said: ‘You don’t have to close,’ but, we’re closing anyway.”
The other servers immediately sought testing; those who were able to get tests had negative results. Caiola said he was told that the rest had to wait because of a flood of tests in Pittsfield after notices about exposure at the Halloween parties.
Gina Armstrong, Pittsfield’s director of public health, could not be reached Friday morning about this deluge of tests because of Halloween.
Caiola said that, pending more results, he would sanitize and reopen as quickly as possible.
The popular Housatonic village pub, which Caiola has owned for more than nine years, had reopened in September, after shutting in March because of the pandemic.
He now is open until 9 p.m., noting that business has changed.
“No one’s out partying,” he said. “Families are coming in to get food. It’s just too much liability.”
Two other restaurants — the Methuselah Bar and Lounge in Pittsfield and the Olde Heritage Tavern in Lenox — also temporarily closed this week because of possible coronavirus exposure.
Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer recently has asked residents to be diligent with coronavirus containment measures. She said it was likely that the recent spate of new COVID infections would push the city into the state’s high-risk category, designated in “red” on the state’s color-coded map.