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McGirk’s Irish Pub reopens after customer tests positive for virus

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TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) -- McGirk's Irish Pub is back open after having to closed due to a customer testing positive for COVID-19.

After announcing the pub was temporarily closing, the customer that tested positive reached out to McGirk's owner, Meg Ward.

Ward says they could handle the situation because they were following all of the required guidelines before the positive test. They're just taking it up a couple of notches.

"Doing more of the very intense deep cleaning of certain areas even if it's just a window sill outside that nobody really pays attention to," Ward said. "We're paying attention to every area now."

As soon as customers arrive, there are signs reminding customers to wear masks and social distance.

The staff is continuing to wear gloves and masks while preparing food and drinks.

Ward says the Broome County Health Department was open and helpful with her on the path to reopening.

"They're very responsive," Ward said. "They understand that this is a small business. We are doing everything we can with all of the guidelines that have been put in place. It can be confusing."

Even after having to close for a day, Ward says she's confident in the community that they'll continue to support her family owned business.

"We have done everything we are supposed to be doing and then some," Ward said. "Just one day we miss seeing our customers because they're very important to us. They're like family."

Robyn Hearn

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