Rhinegeist's OTR taproom closes after employees test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 6:31 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 20:12:37-04

CINCINNATI — Rhinegeist’s taproom in Over-The-Rhine will be temporarily closed after two employees tested positive for coronavirus, the brewery announced Tuesday.

The taproom will undergo a deep cleaning as other employees receive their test results over the next two days.

“After a relative of a team member tested positive for Covid, we asked all associated employees to get tested today prior to returning to work,” read a post on the Cincinnati brewery’s Facebook.

The taproom is slated to reopen at noon on Thursday.

“The free testing now available provides us with a great opportunity to help further ensure the health and safety of our employees and our guests. By asking staff to get tested, we can ensure that anyone working and interacting with customers has tested negative,” the post read.

Earlier on Tuesday, five Over-The-Rhine restaurants also closed over coronavirus concerns, including Pontiac, Senate, Abigail Street, Forty Thieves and the dive bar Holiday Spirits. Every employee at those establishments will receive a mandatory test, according to restaurateur Daniel Wright.