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Posted on: April 22, 2020

Mayor Victorino provides joint statement with Merriman’s Restaurants on March COVID-19 cases

Mayor Michael Victorino provided the following statement regarding three Merriman’s Kapalua employees who tested positive for COVID-19 in March:

“I want to mahalo Merriman’s Restaurants for coming forward on their own accord regarding three employees of their Kapalua restaurant that tested positive for COVID-19 in March. We are grateful they did not allow any employees to come to work while sick or symptomatic and that they closed their restaurant well before test results were returned. When businesses follow best practices during this pandemic, they protect our entire Maui County community.”

Cristina Schenk, chief executive officer of Merriman’s Restaurants, provided the following statement:

“We took a proactive approach in instructing all employees not to come to work sick during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following this instruction, three employees called out sick on March 12, 13 and 16. We made the decision to close our restaurant to full service dining on March 17 and closed take out service a few days later. Throughout this period of time we aggressively sanitized all high-touch points, including menus, tables and door knobs.

The employees sought testing and received positive COVID-19 test results on March 27. By that time, however, they had recovered and did not need hospitalization.

We are so grateful to our employees for going into self-quarantine immediately once they were sick. Thanks to their proactive behavior, this did not spread further or put the public at risk.”

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