A popular local eatery is closing up shop for a few days after several of the business's employees tested positive for COVID-19.
Mommie Jo's Restaurant in Cut Off announced on Facebook tonight the short-term closure, which will allow the small business's crew to get healthy in the coming days and fully cleared to return to work.
The Gazette was alerted of the news on Wednesday afternoon, but opted not to publish it to protect the privacy of those within the business.
But the business, itself, has since commented on the situation on social media late Wednesday night, confirming the positive tests and short-term closure. The restaurant has been sanitized and cleaned by a professional cleaning crew since the diagnoses.
"All of our employees have been tested," the business said in a Facebook post. "We will be closed till everyone is healthy and safe to return! We will also have a certification showing of our sanitizing!"
The business said the small outbreak started after a worker came into work sick, exposing the virus to a couple co-workers and also to restaurant Owner Karen Bellanger.
In the Facebook post, Bellanger said everyone who has tested positive so far is experiencing just minor symptoms.
"Everyone is doing really good. No bad symptoms at all," the restaurant said. "Please keep them in your prayers!"
The restaurant said it would like to encourage everyone to wear masks, wash hands regularly and STAY HOME if sick.
When re-opened, the restaurant will welcome Father Joey with Sacred Heart Church for a blessing.
EDITOR's NOTE: Mommie Jo's is run by an amazing family and is a down the Bayou tradition. When re-opened, I urge all locals to re-engage with these amazing people and keep that local tradition going. We are praying for the entire staff and hope to hear of full, complete recoveries for all!