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Larchmont Wine and Cheese Temporarily Closed After One Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

The Larchmont Village Wine and Cheese Shop closed Friday after one employee tested positive for COVID-19.

In an abundance of caution, the owners of the Larchmont Village Wine and Cheese shop closed the store Friday after one of their employees tested positive for COVID-19.

“We decided to take the necessary precautions for the safety of our customers and staff, even though we weren’t require to close,” owner Sergio Boccato told the Buzz. The Health Department rules require closure if three employees report positive, explained Boccato. No other employees have tested positive, added Boccato, who said he reported the incident to the health department and is waiting to hear back on next steps.

“We are going to stay closed for the next few days,”said Boccato. “Then we will re-test everyone and as soon as we get full clearance of negative testing we will return ASAP.”

Boccato said the closure is really hard for the business and the employees, especially those who have have used all their sick days. Boccato is covering all the testing fees but said he can’t afford to pay for extra days off. He told the Buzz he was frustrated that local officials opened up too quickly. He said he has been following all the recommended protocols, including taking everyone’s temperature every morning, requiring everyone to wear masks, and only allowing six customers in the store at a time — a huge challenge for the small store that greets nearly 300 customers a day.

We look forward to beeing back there soon.

Wearing masks and respecting social distancing rules is the best way prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to help keep our local shops open.
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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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  1. Hmmm, yes they were keeping a tight lid on the number of customers in the store on Thursday when I stopped by for a sandwich. So 6 is the max for customers, I was wondering since its such a small space & there’s always a line for sandwiches.


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