A Berks County restaurant that had defied a state COVID-19 mandate forbidding indoor dining has temporarily closed after a member of its ownership's family tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Westy Bar & Grill in Tilden Township announced on its Facebook page Saturday that it will be closed for at least eight days.
"Someone in our family has tested positive for COVID and, in an abundance of caution since we all have been around one another the last few weeks and on Christmas Eve, we are shutting down to have The Westy cleaned and sanitized," the message read.
Owners of The Westy did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Monday.
The Facebook message did not say when the family member tested positive or had recently been at the restaurant.
A message on The Westy's website says the restaurant was closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The Westy was one of 10 Berks restaurants included last week on a Department of Agriculture list of establishments that had been ordered to shut down for violating COVID-19 restrictions.
In particular, the restaurants had refused to follow a mandate issued by Gov. Tom Wolf that shut down indoor dining from Dec. 12 through Jan. 4. The Westy, as well as other Berks restaurants on the list, said they would continue to remain open for indoor dining despite the closure notices.
The new statewide restrictions, announced by Wolf on Dec. 10, are an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 and stave off a potential boom in case numbers and deaths over the holiday season, the governor has said.
Along with shutting down indoor dining, Wolf's mandate shut down entertainment venues such as movie theaters, bowling alleys, private clubs and casinos; suspended school extracurricular activities and sports; limited indoor gatherings to 10 people; shut down gyms and fitness centers; and limited retail businesses to 50% capacity.