By Ryan Yousefi
A popular Coral Springs frozen treat shop has voluntarily closed its doors in an abundance of caution after an employee tested positive for the Coronavirus.
Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, located at 9172 Wiles Road, closed their doors this past weekend after the owners discovered one of their employees had received a positive Coronavirus diagnosis. A sign placed on the door announced the move, citing the reason for the abrupt closing as “business needs.”
Representatives of the location said closing an Italian ice shop during the summer, the busiest time of year, was the obvious choice to keep their valued customers safe. They also said precautions were taken immediately.
“One of our staff members tested positive, and while that individual was believed to have been exposed to the virus outside of our location, we still decided to close to be as safe as possible.” Devin Schneider, Director of Brand Development for Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, said.
“We have had the entire location professionally disinfected and hope to reopen by next week as soon as our staffing needs can be met.”
Just to be sure, Jeremiah’s conducted their own internal effort at contact tracing, and to be safe will not allow anyone that worked a shift with the team member that tested positive to work until they have a clean bill of health.
“We are having any staff that worked previous shifts with the individual self-quarantine from work for at least 14 days,” Schneider said.
When Jeremiah’s reaches the point that they can reopen, they will remain dedicated to taking all Coronavirus precautions they had taken previously to the incident.
“Once we are able to reopen, we will continue to make all efforts within the location to ensure the ongoing safety of our team and our guests through the operational precautions that we have been committed to since March, such as masks, gloves, additional sanitation procedures, and Plexi dividers,” Schneider said.
Many expressed concern on the Nextdoor community website that Jeremiah’s wouldn’t be returning. Still, according to them, there is nothing they’d rather do than get back to work to continue to bring some joy into the lives of their customers in Coral Springs.
“We are so grateful to have been able to continue to scoop up our tasty frozen treats in a safe manner as a bright spot of normalcy for many of our guests in otherwise uncertain times.”
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- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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