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Two Oceanside bars voluntarily close after positive COVID-19 tests

Posted at 4:55 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 20:19:22-04

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) - Two North County bars have voluntarily closed down because of positive COVID tests.

Last Friday, Kate Dionisio went to dinner with her husband at Masters Kitchen and Cocktail.

"We had dinner and one drink, and stayed about an hour," said Dionisio.

A week later, Dinoisio, who has an underlying health condition, says the night of celebration has sparked anxiety.

"Panic. Scary. We've been so careful with masks and taking precautions, but this felt out of my control," said Dionisio.

On Thursday, on the bar's Facebook page, a message announced a recent positive coronavirus test and a voluntary closure for two weeks to best ensure everyone's "health and safety." The bar's owner says an employee was tested on Monday, with the positive result coming on Wednesday.

The next day, the same day of the Masters post on Facebook, there was a similar message put up by Mission Avenue Bar and Grill, just a few blocks away. In this case, two employees tested positive. Their post stressed that safety is "our highest priority." It also promised a sanitization by a professional cleaning company. Their reopening date is to be determined, only after every returning staff member has tested negative.

The owner of Masters Kitchen and Cocktail says there is no overlap in staff between the bars, but in their industry in Oceanside, "everyone knows everyone."

The two bars are just a handful of local bars and restaurants to disclose positive COVID-19 tests. On their Facebook pages, customers weighed in and many lauded the transparency.

"It shows they respect their customers and care about the community," said Dionisio.

In the end, Dionisio contacted the bar and found out the employee wasn't working the night she was there.