COVID-19 RESPONSE PAGE

Being a pub in 2020 has been an incredible adjustment, and often times a hardship for family and our employees.  At Paddy’s, we are doing our very best to keep our customers and our staff safe.  Because information can change on a regular basis, we have created this section of our website to post updates to our policies and procedures/ updated with monthly cases.  This is a lengthy and detailed page, but it will have all the policies, procedures, and updates we feel necessary, and can allow for our Facebook page to return to being our source for sharing food, drinks, and charitable efforts. If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed by this page, please contact Erin at erinpaddys@gmail.com

Paddy’s is currently operating at Phase 2
More details on our policies and procedures can be found in our reopening plan: https://docs.google.com/…/1kY3cSkZ4tHogLfgphOsCR…/edit
COVID-19 has affected all of our lives and so many of our livelihoods. We are thankful for our resilient and dedicated staff, and our supportive customers. With your adherence to safety guidelines, you help ensure our family and our employees can continue to earn a living. Per the Wisconsin Mask Mandate, we ask that our customers wear masks when traveling through the restaurant.  When seated and eating, masks are not required.  Out of courtesy to the safety of our staff, we ask that you consider lifting your mask up when engaging with them.  Hand sanitizer is provided at the table for you to use since increased mask touching will occur.  
Because our team has been incredibly dedicated to safety protocols from the beginning, we are fortunate to have an entire staff available to continue operations. By minimizing staffing and structuring shifts, we are able to quickly and effectively reassemble a team in the event of a positive case. If and when a case occurs and we cannot ensure staffing does not include close contacts, we will close operations.  Please note, minimizing staffing will lead to slower operations.  We appreciate your patience and grace as we work “short-staffed”.
We are also fortunate that our staff is hypervigilant in their safety performance. While the CDC maintains that person to person contact is the known form of transmission, our team continues to go above and beyond with deep cleaning before, during, and after business hours on a daily basis.
It is important to remind our community that this virus is real and that this will continue to happen in your beloved small businesses. This is the very reason Paddy’s takes precautions and follows the CDC and county guidelines so closely. Operating at limited capacity, continuous deep cleaning, daily symptom checks, multiple temperature checks, staggered staffing, close contact minimized as much as possible, masked staff, and handwashing and sanitizing galore.
It is vital that our staff feel safe and comfortable communicating with us. If any symptoms exist (and we all know the list of symptoms is vast) or if exposure occurs, our staff immediately lets us know so that we can contact the health department for guidance. There is no judgment from Paddy’s (nor should there be from anyone). As a community, we have to encourage talking about COVID-19 so that individuals and businesses can communicate without fear of retaliation.

Our Staff COVID POLICY

The CDC is learning more about COVID-19 every day, and as new information becomes available, CDC updates its guidance. Based on continued research, the CDC has updated its guidance on when a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 is advised to discontinue isolation. We will update our protocols to reflect this new guidance. 

Employees must abide by the safety policies at work, as outlined in our employee facebook page, in our employee handbook, and in our “safe opening” document.  

Accumulating evidence supports ending isolation and precautions for persons with COVID-19 using a symptom-based strategy. Specifically, researchers have reported that people with mild to moderate COVID-19 remain infectious no longer than 10 days after their symptoms began, and those with more severe illness or those who are severely immunocompromised remain infectious no longer than 20 days after their symptoms began.  CDC notes that a limited number of persons with severe illness may produce replication-competent virus beyond 10 days, that may warrant extending duration of isolation for up to 20 days after symptom onset. This extension will be determined by health care providers and/or healthcare officials. 

If close contact exposure to a person confirmed to have COVID-19 occurs, employees must immediately begin a 14 day quarantine.  It is recommended that a test be performed during this quarantine.  If negative, the employee may return after completion of the 14 day quarantine from the last day of close contact exposure.  If positive, the employee must complete the quarantine and only return to work once the Wisconsin Department of Health has provided and cleared a return date.   Close contact is currently defined as face to face contact with an individual within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes.  According to our community health department, masks do help protect our employees, but this distance is vital.  Staff should make all efforts to remain 6 feet away from fellow employees. 

 Updates on Covid-19 Positive Cases 

We are a small, family oriented business and we will make all efforts to ensure our employees have the respect and privacy they deserve.  We acknowledge that cases can and will happen, both in our staff and our customers, and appreciate open communication on both ends.  Paddy’s will regularly update this site to communicate further positive cases.  Because we have many staff who only work a few times a month, we will only report cases that occurred with presently employed staff who were present at work during a contagious period (i.e. we will not report cases of staff who have not been at work and whose exposure/test results timeline are not relevant to our staff)

Our staff recognizes that their positions may put them at higher risk for exposure. Any staff who are uncomfortable working at this time and choose not to return to work recognize their position will be waiting for them if and when they are comfortable working in a restaurant environment.   We also acknowledge that our customers choosing to dine in at any restaurant recognize that they are accepting a higher level of risk of exposure.  Those who are uncomfortable with these risks are asked to choose our safer options of carry out or curbside. We do our best to ensure all safety measures are addressed to their fullest potential, and ask the same of our customers.

 

CLOSE CONTACT: Determined by being within 6 feet, face to face contact, for 15 minutes

TIMELINE:  Contact occurred within 48 hours prior to start of symptoms or within 48 hours prior to a positive test

March-July:
0 known cases

August:

1 positive case in a staff member: Unconnected to any other cases in the pub. that had not returned to work.

Circumstances: Paddy’s worked with health department and confirmed no close contacts, as employee had already been off work and was exposed after last shift.  Unconnected to any other cases in the pub.

September:

1 positive case in a staff member: Unconnected to any other cases in the pub.

Circumstances: Paddy’s worked with health department and determined one close contact (determined by being within 6 feet, face to face contact, for 15 consecutive minutes). Close contact asymptomatic and tested negative, but asked to remain off work for full quarantine period.

 

1 positive case in a staff member: unconnected to other any cases in the pub

Circumstances: Staff member reported a family member of the staff member demonstrated symptoms.  Family symptoms occurred after employees last shift so staff member remained off of work in the event of exposure.  Prior to testing, Paddy’s consulted with the health department.  Staff member was asymptomatic and remains asymptomatic, but tested and was positive.  Family member was negative.  In the event of exposure, 3 contacts were asked to quarantine from pub 14 days from last contact.