Campus Starbucks to remain closed for two weeks following positive COVID-19 test result from employee

Isabella Gentile, Editor-in-Chief

Starbucks in Global Heritage Hall (GHH) will remain closed until Nov. 6, following a positive COVID-19 test result from a dining employee who works in the location.

University officials found out the employee tested positive at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, according to Vice President of Student Life John King. As a result, the decision was made to not open Starbucks on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and the venue has been closed since then.

“The decision to close Starbucks for two weeks was necessitated because of the number of close work contacts the employee routinely interacted with given the small space of the Starbucks retail footprint,” King said.

Following determination of the positive result, seven dining employees entered quarantine and one entered isolation as of Oct. 22. Two of those employees are students, according to King. The seven individuals will remain in quarantine for a 14-day period even if they return negative test results during that time, as they cannot test out of the quarantine requirement.

King did not give an exact number of how many employees work in the on-campus Starbucks but said almost its entire retail crew was taken offline because of the necessary quarantines for individuals. Because of these quarantines, of employees all trained in the machines and drink concepts specific to that location, dining management does not have enough similarly trained workers to run that location.

King said this positive test result is not currently impacting other on-campus dining locations. He said it is not associated with the previous positive cases among dining employees that resulted in Hawk’s Nest or the dish room being temporarily closed. The Hawk’s Nest in the Rec Center will be reopening on Monday, Oct. 26 at 9 a.m., serving similar beverages and smoothies until 7:30 p.m. on weeknights.