The popular Ocean City bar closes ‘until further notice’ after 3 employees tested positive for COVID-19


A popular bar and restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland, has closed “until further notice” after three of its employees tested positive for the new coronavirus.

In this Saturday, May 16, 2020 image, the video provided by Revolution Event Design & Production, “bumper tables,” created by the company and designed to allow people to practice social distancing while eating and talking, will premiere on Fish Tales, a restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland (Katie Kirby / Revolution Event Design & Production via AP)

A popular bar and restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland, has closed “until further notice” after three of its employees tested positive for the new coronavirus.

In a Facebook post for the community, Fish Tales Bar & Grill said it learned that three employees had tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday night and made the call to close the restaurant.

Previously, the restaurant had hooked national headlines for its innovative solution to keep restaurant visitors safe by making tables inflatable inner tubes with built-in tables where customers could be and ensure they were always at a distance adequate from others.

“We believe we have set a positive example in our community after this pandemic so far,” the restaurant said in the Facebook post.

“We are eager to continue on this path by doing the right thing for our staff and clients. We will meet with health officials to go over the safest procedures to make sure that all of our staff have been tested and cleared to work. ”

The business also thanked its staff and customers for supporting the restaurant during the pandemic.

“Thank you for understanding that the health of our staff is the most important thing during this time. We love you all and hope to reopen soon! ”

Fish Tales Bar & Grill is not the only Ocean City beach bar to temporarily close due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Purple Moose Saloon said it is closed for now, after two of its employees hired COVID-19.

WTOP’s Matt Small contributed to this report.

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