“We choose to be proactive for the health of all without waiting for a directive from the CDC,” said President and CEO Richard Gonzmart.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla – The Columbia Restaurant Group, owner of several traditional Spanish restaurants, will demand that employees wear masks again in light of the rise in coronavirus cases.
The Columbia Restaurant Group owns the Columbia Restaurant, located at 98 St George Street in St. Augustine.
“With the increase in infection rates of the COVID Delta variant, Columbia Restaurant will once again be the leader in our industry when it comes to the safety of our employees and customers,” said President and CEO Richard Gonzmart on Facebook.
Gonzmart says the company will again require staff to wear masks when working from July 20. The company has a similar policy in place for staff after the mandatory quarantine ends in May 2020.
“We choose to be proactive for the health of all without waiting for a directive from the CDC,” he explained. “I also encourage you to get vaccinated if you are able. Up to 80 percent of people currently hospitalized with infections have not been vaccinated.”
Gonzmart says he and his wife Melanie have tested positive for COVID-19 and credit receiving the vaccine for saving his life. He says he was able to recover over a 10-day period which consisted of antibody infusion therapy.
“But as my doctors have told me, those who have been vaccinated are often luckier and blessed with the difference between life and death.”