Close call with COVID at Riverhouse BBQ restaurant

A letter from the owners about risk mitigation

Tuesday, June 16th at approximately 2:30 p.m. (prior to opening at 3 p.m.) we were notified by an employee of the Riverhouse (that was starting their work week) that they had potentially been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. The employee was sent home for a mandatory 14 day quarantine and tested at the Big Sky Medical Center. The Riverhouse closed Tuesday out of precaution to discard food product that may have been, in any way, contaminated and thoroughly clean, disinfect, and sanitize the entire establishment. The employee's COVID-19 test result came back negative on the evening of June 19, 6:00 p.m.

The Riverhouse has taken all our safety protocol extremely seriously. We do this for the safety of our customers, employees, and community. Our employees have, and continue to, log temperatures upon beginning a shift, wear masks and single use gloves, and practice the utmost diligence of cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing our workplace. We apologize for the use of single use plates and utensils, but it is again in the name of precaution.

All our employees are offered sick pay equal to their current wages while in self-quarantine to help encourage self-diagnosis and safety. We have instructed all our employees who feel that they have had exposure to this virus to self-quarantine, and access testing for asymptomatic patients at no cost to them. Only once these results are returned negative, will that employee resume work at the Riverhouse. 

To dispel many of the rumors we have been fielding, we just wanted to make you aware of our situation and how it was handled. As travel restrictions are lessened and we slowly attempt to resume some sense of normality, we are aware of the precautions now more than ever.  Stay safe during these unprecedented times and remember to eat barbecue and be kind to each other.

Sincerely, Greg and Kyle

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