Several Phoenix-Area Restaurant Workers Test Positive for COVID-19


Reports of food industry workers in greater Phoenix testing positive for coronavirus have increased from a trickle to a steady stream in recent weeks, following Arizona Governor Doug Ducey lifting stay-at-home restrictions on May 15. 

On May 25, the Scottsdale-based Oregano’s Pizza Bistro announced that a staff member at its Queen Creek location had tested positive. Later that week, La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen in Gilbert made a similar announcement, though the employee had not worked since May 19, meaning there been less exposure to other staff members and customers.

June has seen many more such disclosures, mostly issued via social media.  

Arizona bars and eateries are not required to close if a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, but many have, again.

The Shop Beer Co. closed its tasting room on June 8 after learning a team member, who “is in good spirits and on the path to recovery,” tested positive.

Hash Kitchen in Arcadia, as well as Alo Cafe in Scottsdale, have closed and since reopened due to staff members coming into contact with someone who received a positive COVID-19 test result. The Porch, also in Arcadia, is temporarily closed as of June 11 for the same reason.


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